Beach blitz removes rubbish from local shores

GLADSTONE'S shores are a whole lot cleaner after a successful marine debris beach blitz last weekend.

The beach blitz clean-up took place between the Boyne River and Wild Cattle Creek.

University students, Conservation Volunteers Australia, community members, families and Tannum Sands Scouts made up the team which collected as much rubbish as it could along the shoreline.

A total of 43 people were involved in the initiative, which is the first of its kind in the Gladstone region.

CVA Gladstone regional co-ordinator Jodi Jones organised the Canoe Point clean-up and was pleasantly surprised with what unfolded.

"Every six steps represent a piece of rubbish. For two hours, it was a pretty good effort from all families and volunteers," she said.

"They did a tremendous job."

The most common piece of rubbish found was plastic.

"With so much concern about plastic in the ocean, it's really important to keep it out, " Ms Jones said.

"If all of the plastic is recyclable, then we aren't putting pressure on natural resources and the marine environment."

As part of the Fitzroy Basin Association's coastal care strategy, beach blitzes were held in other locations along the Capricorn and Curtis coasts including Lillies Beach and Yeppoon Main Beach.



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