As part of this year’s Milbi Festival the community is invited to take part in the Tangaroa ReefClean Beach Clean Up at Burnett Heads.
The event will take place on Thursday 3 November from 10 am until noon at the Oaks Beach foreshore.
ReefClean Project Coordinator Gladstone Region Ian Anderson said the clean-up was an important part of the Milbi Festival, with clean beaches vital for nesting turtles.
“Community clean-ups are an important part of our work in Tangaroa where all members of the community have the opportunity to get involved and learn more about the impacts of marine debris and what we can do to prevent it getting there in the first place,” he said.
“Clean beaches are important particularly for the Bundaberg Region for our nesting turtles, shore birds and marine life.”
At this year’s event, participants will take part in both finding out more about the Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database before taking part in their own clean up.
“At this year's event, participating volunteers learn about the work of Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the AMDI Database (Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database) which is a Citizen Science Program,” Ian said.
“They will then have the opportunity to get involved in a beach clean-up at Oaks Beach collecting any man-made material from and bringing it back to the sorting area.
“The second part of the day will involve sorting through what has been collected, counting and entering the data into the AMDI Database using our easy-to-use mobile app.”
As part of the event, all equipment needed will be provided by Tangaroa including bags, gloves, and litter grabbers.
Participants are encouraged to bring along a cotton t-shirt in which they can screen print with a ReefClean print on the day.
You can find out more about the event and register here.