Bygone relics found in big clean-up
DANIEL BATEMAN WRECKAGE, believed to be from a World War II-era aircraft, has been found near Cairns Airport during a beach clean-up.
Conservation group Parley for the Oceans has spent three weeks clearing rubbish from the 3km stretch of beach at the mouth of the Barron River.
Among the tonne of debris, they have found two cubic metres of plastic bottles, tyres, refrigerators and fridge parts, and discarded fishing equipment including netting.
Volunteers also found riveted aluminium panels belong- ing to a plane believed to be more than 70 years old. They have been sent to Warbirds Adventures Aviation Museum at Mareeba for analysis.
Parley for the Seas’ Matt Wheldon said there was too much rubbish for the small group to gather.
“Plastic marine debris de- grades and eventually gets to a powder form and enters the food chain,” he said.
Parley for the Oceans believes the “power for change lies in the hands of the consumers” and “the power to shape this new consumer mindset lies in the hands of the creative industries.”