Burdekin residents will come together to figure out how to reduce the flow of rubbish into local waterways at a collaborative workshop in Ayr next week.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Source Reduction Workshop would be held from 9am – 12 noon on Wednesday 18 April in the Loft of the Ayr branch of Burdekin Library, in a partnership between Council and Tangaroa Blue Foundation to tackle litter at the source.
“Marine debris and litter is a complex problem so we need all parts of our community to help find the solutions,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“At the workshop we’ll be taking into account the results of our Clean Up Australia Day at Alva Beach last month. A total of 190kg of rubbish was collected from the beach in just a few hours, with plastics and plastic bottles accounting for the most common items of litter found on the day.”
Cr McLaughlin said the workshop would bring Council, environmental agencies and community members together with the aim of creating a plan to reduce common litter items. She said since 2013, past clean ups conducted by Council and Tangaroa Blue at Alva Beach had removed a total of 2,187.45kg of litter.
“Going back over the past five years the most abundant litter item collected has been plastic fragments, with another prominent one being aluminium cans from recreational use of the beach,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Importantly, 2018 is the International Year of the Reef. With our close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Burdekin residents have an important role to play in protecting and conserving the Marine Park through activities that improve the health and resilience of the Reef.”
The workshop has been made possible with funding through the Australian Government’s Community Heritage and Icons Grants program.
Cr McLaughlin said everyone was invited to participate, from schools and teachers to local business operators, community members and organisations. Morning tea will be provided and numbers are strictly limited, so registrations are essential.
Register at the following link: REGISTER HERE. For more information please call Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.