Double Island Clean Up May 2017
The Sunshine Coast branch recently hosted their bi-annual Beach Clean Up / Camping weekend at Double Island Point, for a 60km beach clean up blitz. Over the 3 day beach clean festival, over 3 TONNES of rubbish was removed from the 60km stretch of coast. This is the largest beach clean up for the branch to date.
The weekend included educational presentations, live music, fire twirling by the campfire, raffle prizes and many hands at work, with 285 volunteers involved. The educational component discussed the issues of marine debris, our plastic footprint, and the increasing recreational pressure for "D.I." over recent years that has led to serious concerns about environmental damage, public safety (including health risks), and visitor expectations.
A weekend highlight was the rescuing of a baby loggerhead turtle. A 1-month-old loggerhead was found with damaged flippers under marine debris in the dunes. The loggerhead is currently under the care of SeaLife Mooloolaba. It was last reported that the baby turtle is in good form for heading back to the big old blue.
Although the beach clean was a great success, the amount of rubbish removed was alarming. The beaches of Noosa North Shore to Double Island Point are extremely fragile and facing detrimental issues.
Glen Elmes MP, member for Noosa, called the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection to action on the alarming situation in his recent speech, which you can read here. The Surfrider Foundation stands with Glen, in appeal to the highest levels, for immediate attention and action in Cooloola Recreation Area.
The Sunshine Coast branch will be hosting their second Double Island Point clean-up of 2017 from 13-15 October. You can find further event details and RSVP here.