Gladstone Harbour has been cleared of 293kg of washed up marine debris. This is the result of a successful partnership between Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) and Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) to deliver the 12-month Gladstone Harbour Catchment Care Program. Funded by GPC’s Community Investment Program the partnership has achieved a great result Gladstone community.
As a significant working harbour, for both industry and recreation, the on-going assessment of water quality within Gladstone Harbour is unquestionably vital to the local community. The Gladstone Harbour Catchment Care Program (HCCP) supports the local community in taking ownership of the harbour and improving its environmental condition.
Over the past 12 months, the Catchment Care Program has engaged 105 local community members in marine debris surveys at Fisherman’s Landing. In a pegged-out location, the surveys occurred monthly over a 150m stretch of coastline. The volunteer team gathered all remnants of plastic, treated timber, metal and any other non-natural items. The 293kgs total was collected during the 12 surveys.
CVA Regional Manager Linda Fahle said “Fisherman’s Landing is a great location for the surveys as there is limited public access and no nearby development. The debris we are collecting is marine based and a good indication of what has been washed up in the tide. When we do clean-ups at Canoe Point and other public areas we can tell the debris has been dropped or left behind by beach users.”
GPC People, Community & Sustainability General Manager Rowen Winsor, says the Corporation is proud to support initiatives such as the Gladstone Harbour Catchment Care Program through the CIP.
“Environmental sustainability is one of our key priorities through our CIP and this partnership assists in educating the community about our valuable natural resources,” Ms Winsor said.
GPC and CVA have a long and proud history of collaboration, partnering on multiple successful environmental and community projects throughout Gladstone.
Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) provides support to community groups in Gladstone, Rockhampton and Bundaberg through its Community Investment Program (CIP).
For more information on GPC’s Community Investment Program, please visit www.gpcl.com.au/community/community-investment-program.