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Volunteers clean up Arthur-Pieman beach rubbish


A small group of local residents took to ATVs on Saturday to travel to the Interview River in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area to remove a large amount of rubbish collected earlier by visitors participating in the Green Guardians program.

Parks and Wildlife Service Northwest Region operations manager, Barry Davies, said the group members included local SES personnel, members of the Save our Heritage group and PWS ranger in charge Jo Lynch.

The aim of the trip was to remove the bags of rubbish collected earlier this year by the Green Guardians participants. The rubbish included footwear, glass and plastic bottles, lids, jerry cans, drums and ropes of all sorts and sizes.

“The volunteers scoured the beaches on the way back and a total of 1.5 cubic metres of marine rubbish was collected by only five ATVs and two trailers,” Mr Davies said.

“We’re very grateful to both the Green Guardian participants and the volunteers who participated this weekend and we look forward to providing further opportunities for people to enjoy recreational activities in the Arthur-Pieman while also contributing to looking after the reserve.

Green Guardians is a new and innovative program delivered in partnership by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Tourism Tasmania and commercial operators. It offers tourists an opportunity to contribute to environmental projects while enjoying their guided tour in parks and reserves.

The range of Green Guardian projects include; wildlife surveys along the Franklin River; reporting, removing and monitoring coastal weeds at the Bay of Fires and Freycinet Peninsula; wildlife surveys on Maria Island, and; collecting and monitoring marine debris in the Arthur-Pieman area.

Volunteers clean up Arthur-Pieman beach rubbish

Jo Lynch with volunteers who travelled to the Interview River to collect bags of marine debris.

Volunteers clean up Arthur-Pieman beach rubbish

ATVs on a mission to clean up the Arthur-Pieman.

Volunteers clean up Arthur-Pieman beach rubbish

Bags of rubbish ready for proper disposal and recycling.