Our River Warriors project on Tallebudgera Creek commenced in May 2018 thanks to a grant from the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action (CSA) Grants Program. The inaugural Tallebudgera Creek River Warriors project consisted of 24 weekly surveys covering the accessible length of the creek 6 times over a 7-month period. The surveys collected baseline data on type, quantity, source and presence of marine debris, with 22,925 pieces of debris collected in total (weighing in at almost 500kg).
Weather and tidal conditions, the presence of injured / dead wildlife and dates and times of collection were all incorporated into our results, which highlight ongoing management strategies and community engagement programs in order to mitigate the issue at its source. Our first State of Marine Debris report and associated Marine Debris Report Card highlights our findings and aims to serve as a model for determining waterway health based on key variables; giving communities, businesses and governments a framework to improve marine-debris related threats and ensure cleaner, healthier and safer waterways across Queensland and beyond.
Recently voted as Australia’s best swimming spot, the creek scored an F+ in terms of found debris, based on three key variables, reflecting that there is a lot of work to be done in terms of mitigating marine debris and pollution in our waterways.
Our State of Marine Debris Report and associated Marine Debris Report Card are available for download via the buttons below:
Phase II of our Tallebudgera Creek River Warriors initiative focuses on driving long-term positive change through addressing these issues at their source. At present our Gold Coast River Warriors team is working hard with local schools, businesses, community groups, government bodies and residents to work towards improving marine debris-related health for the Tallebudgera Creek towards an A rating on the report card.
Photography © Positive Change for Marine Life 2019