Sharing research to clean beaches

RESEARCH declaring Park Beach is Coffs Harbour's dirtiest is just the ticket to help us clean up our act.

That's the message from Keep Australia Beautiful's Clean Beaches Program, which welcomed the Southern Cross University study published in the Advocate last week.

Park Beach, according to the research project into marine debris, had an average of 80 pieces of rubbish every 50 metres and was worse than Jetty Beach and Diggers Beach.

“It's good to see that sort of research and information and the fact it's going to the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority which will use it to work with coastal councils and deliver litter strategies,” said Rosemary Hadaway, the Clean Beaches Program manager.

“That collaborative approach to coastal management is the key.

“From a Keep Australia Beautiful perspective, with the different stakeholder groups we would encourage them to get together and share that sort of information.

“From the grassroots the collaborative projects develop from that shared information.”

Mrs Hadaway, who recently visited Coffs Harbour, said the debris survey had “hit the nail on the head” in reflecting what the re-vamped Clean Beaches Program would be about.

“With the restructuring of our program that's what we're looking to explore and encourage – that community cohesion in people sharing resources.

“Litter is an ongoing problem, particularly in high tourist areas such as Coffs Harbour.”

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