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Clean up a big success thanks to enthusiastic parks staff and volunteers

08/03/2011

Beaches, roadsides and a boardwalk construction got the dedicated attention of parks staff and volunteers for a substantial and successful clean up on the 21st anniversary of Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday 6 March.


A small group participated at Anniversary Bay (Rocky Cape National Park) and got big results.  They enjoyed fine weather but had to contend with windy conditions.


The effort started with the clean up of a section of coast from the boat ramp at Sisters Beach to the start of the Wet Cave track and it produced one full bag of rubbish along just a few hundred metres of coastline. The group then headed off on the walking track to Anniversary Bay. To everyone’s surprise and delight no rubbish was found on the track. The next few hours were spent walking Anniversary Bay beach where four bags of rubbish was collected, predominantly plastics and some glass bottles about the camp site. Most of the rubbish seemed to have been brought in by the sea.  Some time was also spent removing the coastal weed sea spurge.


The Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area’s event was well attended, with about 12 locals turning up to join parks staff.


Most of the group concentrated on the area south of Temma but one individual decided to clean up the roadside to Temma, producing six bags of rubbish as a result.


Keen volunteers took to the beach south to Sandy Cape on their quad bikes, collecting all sorts of debris washed up by the ocean, mostly old rope, plastic containers and bottles. In total 38 bags of rubbish were taken to the tip as a result of the clean up effort, with aluminium cans, plastic and glass bottles making up a large percentage of the total collected.


On the East Coast, Spring Bay locals, boating enthusiasts, backpackers and parks staff combined forces to clean up an amazing 17 kilometres of coastline around Maria Island.  The activity drew a positive response from the local community and was warmly supported by businesses of the Spring Bay area.  The event concluded with a sausage sizzle, made possible by generous sponsorship from local Triabunna businesses. 


The focus for the clean up was the rocky foreshore along the island’s northern tip from Darlington to Cape Boullanger.  Rubbish collected included plastic bottles, scrap tin, aluminium cans, marine flotsam including a large number of floats and buoys. The tiny island of Ile du Nord off the northern tip of Maria Island, known locally as a significant seabird rookery, also received a very gentle once-over.


The combined energies of sponsors and participants contributed to a successful day with the collection of an estimated four cubic metres of rubbish.


At Mt Field National Park keen staff took to the roadsides for their clean up effort.  Roadside verges between Mt Field and Westerway were targeted as much of this 7 kilometre distance is Crown Land reserve adjacent to the Strathgordon Road.  Three ute loads of mainly glass and plastic bottles, cans, building materials and other dumped materials were collected. 


Even Macquarie Island got its fair share of attention on Clean Up Australia Day. Following the start of construction for a new boardwalk on the island about five weeks ago, a group of people from Macquarie station decided to clean up the boardwalk construction site.  Timber off-cuts, chips from rebates, shavings of reinforced plastic panel, nails and screws were collected and cleared from the site.

Clean up a big success thanks to enthusiastic parks staff and volunteers

Volunteers Carol Baker and Charlie Lucas joined field officer James Greay to tackle the clean up at Anniversary Bay. (Photo by Ben Correy)

Clean up a big success thanks to enthusiastic parks staff and volunteers

Field officer James Grey tackles sea spurge as part of the clean up at Anniversary Bay. (Photo by Ben Correy)

Clean up a big success thanks to enthusiastic parks staff and volunteers

Ranger Bob Hamilton signs up volunteers for the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area's clean up.

Clean up a big success thanks to enthusiastic parks staff and volunteers

Volunteers and equipment ready to go for the clean up at Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area.

Clean up a big success thanks to enthusiastic parks staff and volunteers

Ranger Chris Howard and volunteers tackle the job at hand at Maria Island.

Clean up a big success thanks to enthusiastic parks staff and volunteers

Volunteers gathered in front of The Penitentiary at Maria Island with their bounty.

Clean up a big success thanks to enthusiastic parks staff and volunteers

Peter Maddox and Michael Johnson with one of the ute loads of rubbish collected.

Clean up a big success thanks to enthusiastic parks staff and volunteers

Pictured from left to right are volunteers Justin Febey, Martin Dieckmann, Peter Dodd, Helen Achurch, Drew Lee, Lauren Wise, Jamie Doube, and Craig Hilder at Macquarie Island.

Clean up a big success thanks to enthusiastic parks staff and volunteers

The new boardwalk under construction at Macquarie Island, site of the clean up last Sunday.