Fraser Island Clean Up 2013 - Wrap Up

Posted on: 06/06/2013

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The weekend was attended by 290 people from 19 4WD clubs who volunteered their time to clean up rubbish and debris that had either been washed onshore or carelessly left behind by visitors to the island.

4WD Qld conservation officer Mark Haeusler said the event was once again a success but was astounded by the amount of rubbish collected.

"The area cleaned up by the volunteers was most of the Eastern shore of the island therefore a lot of flotsam and jetsam collected consisted of plastic such as netting, bottles, fish fluoro tubes and incredibly, thousands of toothbrushes," Mark said.

"Approximately 50 cubic metres of rubbish (985 garbage bags) was collected in just 6 hours which is horrifying but instantly we had comments from tourism operators who frequent the island how much of a difference it made."

In addition to the clean up event the volunteers also concentrated on targeting invasive Cassia and Lantana problem areas that were identified by QPWS rangers.

"Fraser Island is a listed World Heritage Area and 4WD Qld are proud to assist in helping to keep it clean and weed-free so that future visitors can see its true beauty."

If you'd like to be part of next year's 4WD Qld Fraser Island Clean Up, head to 4WDQLD.

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