VOLUNTEERS have removed rubbish equivalent to the weight of a blue whale calf from a New Auckland creek in the past three years.
Conservation Volunteers Australia is taking practical steps to create visible and long-term change to the environment in Gladstone.
On March 25, locals gathered at Briffney Creek in New Auckland to remove rubbish, plant native flora and monitor the catchment area.
The ongoing care plan for Briffney Creek includes invasive species management, replanting native plants and removing rubbish that can too easily end up in the Gladstone Harbour.
Conservation Volunteers Australia Gladstone regional co-ordinator Jodi Jones is a passionate advocate for instigating positive change.
"It is wonderful to see such a lovely habitat being cared for," she said.
"So much can be achieved and it's fantastic to see our volunteers enjoying our amazing environment. The work is regularly inspected and critiqued by the local wildlife, and all of our volunteers have a great time."
Since 2011, the volunteers have made an incredible impact on the Briffney Creek catchment.
More than 3000 hours of care have been given and almost 1000 native plants have been replanted in the area.
In honour of the volunteers, a Conservation Quest Morning Tea was held on April 9 to thank the enormous steps that have been taken to change Briffney Creek for the better.
Conservation Volunteers Australia provides people with opportunities to connect with the environment and is looking for new people to join the Gladstone team.
To register email email@example.com.