Volunteers clean up Sunshine Coast lake

November 29, 2017 by  

Around 647kg of waste has been removed from a Sunshine Coast lake and its surrounding bushland during the recent annual Currimundi Lake Community Clean Up.

More than 100 volunteers sacrificed their weekend to collect and remove debris, which included fishing gear, chairs, and couches. Volunteers involved were from groups such as Ocean Crusaders, Environcom, Surfrider Foundation, and Sunshine Coast Turtle Care Group.

After the weather cleared up in time for the cleanup, some of the volunteers collected rubbish along the banks, while some others used boats and kayaks to pick up waste from the waters. The volunteers ended up collecting a few thousand pieces of plastic waste.

According to Ian Thomson, who was responsible for organising of the volunteering event, it was pleasing to have many young people join in the event.

The collected waste was passed to the Tangaroa Blue and Envirocom members to be sorted. The data associated with the clean-up was added to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database, which is used to identify sources of rubbish and the associated waste reduction plans.

The volunteering clean-up is now set as a yearly event part of the National Water Week held annually in October. Educational poster printing and display is carried out during National Water Week as an opportunity to educate and remind the public on the importance of clean water in their daily lives.