Coastal Warriors target Rainbow Beach for cleanup

The big cleanup: Coastal Warriors Mid North Coast volunteers will this Saturday converge on Rainbow Beach at Bonny Hills. Will you be joining them?
The big cleanup: Coastal Warriors Mid North Coast volunteers will this Saturday converge on Rainbow Beach at Bonny Hills. Will you be joining them?

Coastal Warriors Mid North Coast are heading to Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills this Saturday October 7 and need your help. 

Registrations for the cleanup event will be held from 8.30am to 11am, near the surf club. 

The cleanup will tackle trash along the beach, in the playground and the surrounding park areas.

Organisers ask that you wear a hat, sunscreen and covered in shoes, and bring gloves if you have them. 

Coastal Warriors President Addam Lockley said the group hoped locals from the Bonny Hills, Lake Cathie, North Haven and Laurieton areas would join the cleanup, and encouraged people from Port Macquarie to pitch in too.

“Bonny Hills beach is a popular picnic area, especially in school holidays, so we expect to find a lot of food packaging and single use plastics like straws and bottles, as well as the usual suspects like cigarette butts and glass,” Mr Lockley said.

“From just three clean up events so far, at Town Beach, Flynns Beach and the Hastings River foreshore, we’ve collected around 7500 cigarette butts, 3000 pieces of plastic and 1300 glass bottles. 

“The more litter we can collect off the land, the less damage it can cause to marine animals in our local environment including whales, dolphins, turtles and fish.” 

The Fat Fish cafe is offering volunteers a free sweet or savoury muffin with any beverage purchased. 

Mr Lockley said Coastal Warriors is also calling on volunteers to assist during the Tastings on Hastings on October 28. 

“Come and enjoy the food festival and give a few hours of your time to help make sure all the waste ends up in the right place. In return, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will donate funds to our group for much-needed equipment like gloves, grabbers and bags.”

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