Locals being urged to step up this Clean Up Australia Day

Locals being urged to step up this Clean Up Australia Day

Ian Anderson is passionate about marine debris on our local beaches, and the negative impact it has on the Great Barrier Reef.

Every year Ian, who is a Project Coordinator for the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, organizes a Clean Up Australia Day event at Lilley’s Beach, and is urging locals to sign up to take part this March 6.

“If you want to have a positive impact on our local environment, why not come out and join us and see for yourself what we have to offer, and why we need to work together to preserve it for future generations,” he said.

“Lilley’s Beach is not only a popular camping destination right on our doorstep, it’s also habitat to nesting sea turtles and several species of migrating shorebirds.

“It is vitally important that we protect this habitat.”

Through the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, which is a not-for-profit dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris, all the rubbish collected by Clean Up volunteers at Lilley’s Beach will be sorted, counted and entered into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database.

“The purpose of this is to identify where the debris is coming from, and then develop a plan for preventing it getting to the beach in the first place,” Ian said.

“If all we ever do is clean up, that’s all we will ever do.”

Over 38.5 million volunteer hours have been donated to Clean Up Australia Day activities over the past 31 years.

With our waste challenges going far beyond one day, locals are encouraged to register a Clean Up event any day of the year.

To join a local Clean Up Australia Day 2022 event, including the Lilley’s Beach Clean Up, or to create your own event, head to www.cleanup.org.au.

In April  and October the Tangaroa Blue Foundation will be holding their biannual community beach clean ups on Facing Island, Curtis Island and Bustard Bay.

Visit www.tangaroablue.org for more information or to register.