In commitment to the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, Generation Restoration, Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) and Evolution Mining are contributing to the revival of our natural ecosystems as a community with a Bargara beach clean-up day.
The clean-up, which will start at 8:30am on Saturday June 5 along Kelly’s and Neilson Beaches, Bargara, is open to anyone passionate about restoring our natural resources to pristine condition.
Supported by the Australian Government and Queensland Government through funding for the Nest to Ocean and Protecting Saltmarsh and Marine Turtle Monitoring projects, BMRG will be sorting and weighing the marine debris to feed back into national databases.
Marine debris can be harmful to marine fauna and ecosystems through ingestion, entanglement and pollution.
The BMRG Junior Advisory Group (JAG) will be there to help and will be giving away free T-shirts to anyone who becomes a member of JAG. JAG is a free membership group open to 13 to 17 year old’s interested in agriculture or the environment.
As a thank you to any volunteers a free sausage sizzle will be available at the Basin once the beach clean-up is complete. All necessary equipment will be provided and there will be informative talks from marine experts about debris and our ocean environments.
Burnett Mary Regional Group CEO, Sheila Charlesworth says it is important for BMRG to be able to give back to the community through events like this on World Environment Day.
“Our region supports significant breeding populations of endangered loggerhead turtles and vulnerable green and flatback turtles, marine debris is a serious threat to turtles and other marine species, so it is vital for us to do our part in protecting them and keeping our community clean.”