Local sea turtles thank the Mackay Coastal Clean Up volunteers

Jun 26, 2015 | ,
Volunteers removed 4.8 tonne of marine debris from 12 beaches.
Mackay Coastal Clean Up volunteers removed 4.8 tonne of marine debris from 12 beaches.

Eco Barge Clean Seas in partnership with BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) held their sixth Mackay Coastal Clean Up from 23-24 May.

Reef Catchments teamed up as part of the initiative and were out in full force at the Reef Catchments formally adopted clean-up beach, Town Beach.

Event organiser Libby Edge said the event was a massive success, with 4.8 tonne of marine debris was removed from 12 beaches thanks to the 326 volunteers who helped clean our coastline from Shoal Point to Cape Palmerston during the weekend-long event.

The Saturday was World Turtle Day ® and it was very fitting that the Mackay Coastal Clean Up volunteers helped to clean local beaches to ultimately protect our local marine life and sea turtles from marine debris.

Bucasia resident and volunteer Nicola Oliver said her family really enjoyed the chance to spend time together.

“Helping to clean the beautiful beaches and protect our turtles from marine debris, and to see so many people cleaning our beaches is wonderful,” she said.

Libby said the Mackay Coastal Clean Up had now removed 24,806 kilograms of marine debris since October 2012.

“This is a massive amount of litter collected from the beaches of Mackay and Sarina and we couldn’t have achieved this amazing result with our the overwhelming support from the Mackay and Sarina residents especially our Partner BMA and all the supporters who adopted each of the target beaches of Mackay and Sarina over that past three years,” she said.

“This event has been a major success and fills me with pride just how much the Mackay and Sarina Community care for their coastline. Everyone involved should be immensely proud as they have all helped to remove a just under 25 tonne of marine debris from our local marine environment.”

Jess Berryman, Reef Catchments coastal officer, said Reef Catchments was proud to be involved in such a proactive event.

“Initiatives like the Mackay Coastal Clean Up really get the community on board and help ensure everyone plays a part in preserving the health of the region’s coastline and marine fauna now and for future generations,” she said.

For more information visit www.ecobargecleanseas.org.au