Burdekin community invited to clean up Alva Beach

Burdekin residents are being called on to help protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef later this month.

The Community Beach Clean-up is targeting Alva Beach the weekend of April 16 and 17, 2016 from 8am-1pm.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the two-day event was an opportunity for locals to take responsibility for our beautiful beaches, reef and the wildlife it supports.

“Unfortunately there are those in our community that use our waterways that don’t dispose of their rubbish appropriately and it makes its way into the sea and on to our beaches,” she said.

“Some of the rubbish is washed up and some is just left there by irresponsible beach users, we need to stop treating the Great Barrier Reef like a dumping ground.

“Not only is marine debris unsightly but it is a threat to our wildlife, hazardous to human health and costly to our economies.

“Getting together to clean-up our beaches is one way we can help the environment and wildlife and I would urge residents to take the time to come down to Alva and help out.”

The Community Beach Clean-up is delivered by Tangaroa Blue in partnership with the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, NQ Dry Tropics – Land and Water Solutions, Gudjuda Reference Group and Burdekin Shire Council – a Reef Guardian Council.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Burdekin Surf Lifesaving Club at Alva at 8am. There will be a free sausage sizzle available to volunteers after the event.

Make sure to wear sun smart clothing and sturdy shoes and bring gloves, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.

For more information or to register as a volunteer email

Tangaroa Blue is an Australian registered charity focused on the health of the nation’s marine environment and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative monitoring the impacts of marine debris along our stretch of coastline.

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