Clean-up effort removes 190kg of rubbish from Burdekin beach

More than 30 volunteers who joined forces to clean up Alva Beach on Saturday have been congratulated on their efforts.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said 190kg of rubbish was collected from the beach in just a few short hours as part of Council’s bi-annual Clean Up Australia Day event, held in collaboration with Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Ayr Surf Life Saving Club and Gudjuda Reference Group.

“Congratulations to all the volunteers on their incredible efforts,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Rubbish that accumulates on our beaches can result in the degradation of the environment and also becomes a risk to humans and animals that can be harmed though interaction with the debris.

“Significantly, plastics and plastic bottles accounted for the most common items of litter found on the day. We’ll be taking this information to our upcoming Source Reduction Workshop to be held in partnership with Tangaroa Blue this April.”

The Source Reduction Workshop is open to all interested members of the public and will be held at 8.30am on Wednesday 18 April in the Burdekin Library Loft, Ayr.

Cr McLaughlin said the workshop would bring Council, environmental agencies and community members together with the aim of creating a plan to stop common litter items at the source.

“We’ll be specifically looking at what rubbish was collected during the beach clean-up,” she said.

Cr McLaughlin said this year’s beach clean-up coincided with the International Year of the Reef.

“With our close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the Burdekin has an important role to play in protecting and conserving the Marine Park through activities that improve the health and resilience of the Reef,” she said.

“One of the key messages in the International Year of the Reef is that everyone can help look after the environment through simple actions. This includes minimising the use of plastics; saying no to single use straws and coffee cups; and reducing electricity consumption.”

For further information please visit Council’s website or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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