Local enviro staff clean up!

Local waterways were targeted as part of a Clean Up Australia day blitz by West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA). 

 The clean-ups took place at Bear Gully beach and Traralgon Creek.

 Staff from the Environmental Protection Authority and Gippsland Water joined in to help pick up rubbish at the sites. 

 “Protecting the natural environment is not something that can be done in isolation, which is why our partnerships with other organisations are so important,” WGCMA, CEO, Martin Fuller. 

 “I want to thank the organisations who came and helped with our site cleanups.” 

Balloons, fish netting, lures, paint containers, cans and coat hangers were collected from Bear Gully in just one hour. 

 Thirteen bags of waste were collected from Traralgon Creek, as well as larger items that wouldn’t fit including trolleys, a bag of woollen jumpers, bikes, bike frames and one near new clothes dryer. 

 Mr Fuller said although the WGCMA projects were focused in rural areas, urban waterways had a definite impact on river health. 

 “Picking up rubbish and keeping the creeksrivers, and beaches clean is one way everyone can help protect the environment. 

 “Rubbish that washes into the stormwater drains will end up in our waterways and the ocean.” 

 Research by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning showed that 95 percent of litter found on our beaches comes from suburban streets through the stormwater system. 

 Last year’s rubbish report from Clean Up Australia Day noted that waterways were the most polluted, with an average of 541 pieces of rubbish collected from each of the registered sites. 

Published Monday March 2nd 2020

Traralgon Creek Clean-up Crew. Back L-R Ashley Beer (EPA), Kaitlyn Morris (EPA), Wayne Gilmour, Eleisha Keogh, Adrian Clements, Elsa Burnell, Dan Cook, Taryn Price. Front L-R Alisha Brown (EPA), Catherine Couling (Gippsland Water), Cate Reilly and Jem Milkins in Traralgon.
Eleisha with a new dryer, trolleys and bikes