Michelle Seito and Megan Terrill take out the trash.
Michelle Seito and Megan Terrill take out the trash. John Gass

Crews dive into clean-up

RUBBISH was assaulted by land and sea at Jack Evans Boat Harbour during Clean Up Australia Day 2011.

Big Trev’s Watersports managed registrations for Clean Uppers and Trev said he had led the harbour’s clean-up for 21 years.

“We’ve got people at Fingal, a couple of people in boats, the Maritime guys picking up stuff in the river, we’ve got kids with their parents – it’s a real family thing,” Trev said.

Kirra Dive Centre’s Kristie Morgan said her group was surprised with the amount of fishing line they removed.

“There wasn’t much rubbish, but a lot of line.

“It really opened our eyes up,” Ms Morgan said.

“We had about 30 people involved. We’re hoping to make it a regular thing to keep the fishing line out of the river.

“Everyone had a ball and they felt really good with themselves to be able to clean up.”

Bilinga’s Laurel Scott, and her granddaughter Jasmine Frost enjoyed the intermittent sunshine and tidying Jack Evans’ sands.

“I think rubbish needs to be cleaned up all the time,” Ms Scott said.

“Children should be encouraged also, under supervision, because if you teach the children to pick up after themselves wher- ever they are; it makes life easier for everyone.

“If you live in the area it’s your backyard, so you’ve got to help look after it.”

About 20 divers from Brisbane Dive Academy were impressed with the harbour and Tweed River’s health, since floods earlier in the year.

Diving instructor Alis- tair Keenan said the academy regularly dived and cleaned up within the waterway.

During a September 2010 dive they found over five-kilometres of fishing line in the river.

“Today we’ve found more than that already,” Mr Keenan said.

“It’s your backyard so you’ve got to look after it”



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