Our River Warriors program officially launched on Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast in May this year. Supported by the Queensland Government's Community Action Sustainability Grant, as well as the Queensland Government Outdoor Education Centre in Tallebudgera, the program aims to collect and mitigate marine debris in the Tallebudgera Creek through a series of 24 kayak-based marine debris surveys, which cover the length of the creek from estuary mouth to source 6 times over the survey period.
To date our team has run 8 surveys, covering the length of the waterway twice and collecting an astounding 15,436 pieces of debris, which equates to 774kg of rubbish! Plastic bags, bottles, polystyrene nurdles, bean bag beans, cigarette butts and discarded fishing gear are the main items that we find, with the latter including over 25 discarded or washed away crab pots, which are a death trap for marine life.
At the completion of our six-month surveys, our team will produce a Marine Debris Report Card for the waterway, outlining our findings, pollution hotspots and potential solutions. We will then be working with landowners, businesses and community groups across the region to address the issue at its source through a series of educational, practically-based workshops, as well as public facing clean-ups.
We are honoured to have recently been awarded with funding to expand our River Warriors program to the following locations:
- Brunswick River, Brunswick Heads, NSW;
- Teranora Creek, Tweed Heads, NSW;
- Tingalpa Creek, Redlands, QLD.
Work in these locations will commence from October 2018. Stay tuned on how you can get involved as a River Warrior to help protect our marine life, whilst ensuring that waterways across Australia are pristine for generations to come!