South Stradbroke Island is a well-known tourist destination, with thousands of holiday-goers enjoying its camping grounds and resort each year. This small slice of paradise is also home to its own native population of golden and agile wallabies – the latter of which are now found nowhere else – as well as some flora endemic to the area.
Several heritage listed sites on South Straddie preserve part of the island’s heritage, however the relatively small and unique environment comes under threat on a regular basis from one of the world’s biggest issues: pollution.
Enter the Surfrider Foundation South Straddie Beach Clean Up sponsored by Cleanwater Group, Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation and Climate Wave Enterprises. On 21 May 2017, the Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation vessel Sea World One will take volunteers over for a clean-up day on the Island.
Greg Howell, President & Sustainable Event Manager of the Surfrider Foundation, describes the event.
“It’s an epic day on the Island.
“We’ll collect rubbish and marine debris and sort for recycling, reuse and data-basing.
“Then we’ll all get together to have a bit of fun!”
For volunteers there will be a free BBQ, educations presentations, prizes, games and even live music.
“It’s a win for everyone, but most importantly for our oceans and beaches,” continues Greg.
Each year 100,000 marine animals and 1,000,000 sea birds are found dead from either entanglement of ingestion of plastic. The actual figures would be much higher.
The Tangaroa Blue Marine database will record the day’s efforts, furthering our understanding of the environmental impact of marine debris.
Boats leave from Volunteer Marine Rescue Southport at 8.00am and 9.00am, and return at 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Volunteers can also paddle over themselves.
Visit the event’s Facebook page for details on how to register.