230kg of rubbish picked up in two hours at Lilies Beach
A CONSERVATION Volunteers Australia group is filthy at the amount of rubbish consistently left at and around Lilies Beach.
An eco-challenge at the Boyne Island beach on Saturday turned up bottle tops, cans of beer and abandoned belongings.
Avid environmentalist and group regional co-ordinator, Jodi Jones, lead the charge, along with 17 others.
"We were a little damp but we soldiered on," she said.
They didn't get around to the second part of the eco-challenge, the tree planting, because of the rain.
But they did manage to collect 230kg of rubbish in two hours.
"This is the third time this year we've had this type of clean up and it doesn't get any better," she said. "More than 760kg has been collected from this spot (this year).
"(It is) Predominately land-based waste like bottle tops, cans of rum and XXXX gold but strangely, a roll of astro turf, a car jack and a pair of new thongs.
"It is a surprise because you drive along Lilies and it's so pristine but rubbish is lurking.
"This won't change until people are educated."
Ms Jones said Queensland was far worse at littering beaches than any other state. She said Gladstone fit well within the category of a rubbish sighting every 2m.
"We're hoping, with the next lot of funding allocation, that we can get out every second month for clean ups," she said.
The group will reattempt to plant new trees later on in the week.