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Media Release - Ocean Lovers Unite to Cleanup Hinchinbrook Beaches – 22 September 2019

3rd September 2019

This September individuals, teams, families and boat owners are invited to join in the Hinchinbrook Community Beach Cleanup event which will target two of Hinchinbrook’s most beautiful beaches, Lucinda Beach and Picnic Beach on Hinchinbrook Island.

Cr Kate Milton said it was a great opportunity for the community to come together and have a positive impact on the environment and assist in the cleanup of our beautiful beaches.

“There is a fair bit of debris on our beaches currently, exacerbated by the regional monsoon trough event earlier in the year. To have an impact on our beaches we are aiming to have between 50 and 100 volunteers assist with the cleanup; with individuals and boat owners needed.”

“Whether you are a local to the Hinchinbrook area, a fishing or boating enthusiast who enjoys our local beaches and islands or a tourist visiting the district, please come and join in the Hinchinbrook Community Beach Cleanup,” Cr Milton said.

“An estimated 8 million metric tonnes of plastic trash ends up in our oceans every year. Most of the plastic debris sinks or remains in the gyres, however a significant percentage of it washes onto our coastlines daily, ” Maren Eibner, Operations Coordinator at Parley Australia, explains.

“Scientists warn that, unless we take action, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans,” Ms Eibner said.

Community members can register to assist with the cleanup online via the Eventbrite website, Hinchinbrook Community Beach Cleanup page or in person at the Canegrowers Office in Ingham. A plastic-free lunch and educational talk will be provided for volunteers on the day.

The Hinchinbrook Community Beach Cleanup is a joint initiative between international marine conservation group 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 Cleanup and the Hinchinbrook Sportsfishing Club.

More information regarding the Hinchinbrook Community Beach Cleanup can be found on the Hinchinbrook Shire Council website. 

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