Local community groups in the Hinchinbrook Shire have worked together to remove rubbish from Lucinda Beach and Picnic Beach on Hinchinbrook Island.
Councillor Kate Milton said a cleanup crew of 73 people, including 24 students and teachers from the Cathederal School of Townsville, collected 569kg of rubbish which included tires, fencing, rope, thongs, toothbrushes, bottles and lids.
“There was over half a tonne of rubbish collected from our shores on Sunday, some local and some clearly from overseas.”
“Living in a Shire as beautiful as ours, it is always disappointing to see rubbish wash up on our shores. I sincerely thank all of the groups that got behind this effort for the sake of our environment and the enjoyment by not only our local community but also the many others who visit and enjoy our pristine islands,” Cr Milton said.
Maren Eibner from the international marine conservation group Parley said “The reality of it is, cleaning up the rubbish is just one aspect of fixing the problem. It is a short term solution buying us a little bit more time. What really needs to happen is that we resist the convenience of plastic and avoid using it wherever we can in the first place.”
“It was especially great to see the involvement of families and students today. Our youth is our biggest hope in this pollution epidemic and it is our task to inspire them. If we have sparked someone’s passion, someone’s curiosity, then we have done well as a community today” Ms Eibner said.
The 73 volunteers included members of Parley, Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Herbert River Catchment Landcare Group, Canegrowers Herbert River, Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited, Lucinda Progress Association, MAMS, Hinchinbrook Local Marine Advisory Committee, Hinchinbrook Sportsfishing Club and Cathederal School Townsville.
Lawrence Di Bella, Chairman of the Herbert River Catchment Landcare Group, said it was great to see so many groups come together to make this happen.
“The community cleanup crews put in a massive effort on Sunday morning. It’s always heartening to see various groups working together for the sake of our communities. With the support received we hope to see this become an annual event,” Mr Di Bella said.