Volunteers bagged 14 bags of rubbish during the Great Northern Cleanup which targeted the beach at Beachmount, south of Home Hill, at the weekend.
Burdekin Shire Council Acting Environmental Health Manager Linda Govan said there was a wide variety type of rubbish found along the foreshore in the surrounding dunes including cans, bottles, nappies, plastic containers and shopping bags.
“It is quite disheartening to see what people are leaving behind on our beaches,” she said.
“Some of it may have come in from the sea, but most of it would have just been left there by people using the beach as a camping area.
“The 13 people who came to help clean up collected a total of 14 bags of rubbish, which is a great effort.
“Council would also like to thank the Burdekin Scout Group for cleaning up the roadside from the highway turn off down to the beach a few weeks prior.”
Ms Govan said the Great Northern Clean Up allowed the community to dispose of rubbish left behind by recent flood events and litterbugs.
“It was also important for us to clean up the beach for the benefit of our turtle population,” she said.
“We recently had a large number of turtles die in that area and by cleaning up the beaches we can ensure that rubbish will not be an issue in the future.
“There are lots of marine turtles at Beachmount, so removing as much rubbish from the beach helps to protect these turtles.”
For more information about the Great Northern Clean up, visit www.greatnortherncleanup.org.au