Clean Up beats rain, busts rubbish
Originally appeared on The Sunshine Valley Gazette
Stormwater Shepherds and volunteers collected rubbish in Petrie Creek on Saturday (11 September) to prevent it washing into the ocean.
Supported by Sunshine Coast Council and Petrie Creek Catchment Care Group, the clean up was held at Quota Park, Nambour and timed to beat seasonal rains.
Stormwater Shepherds spokesperson Mary Rayner said each year the planet lost over 100,000 aquatic animals and over 1million birds from ingestion and entanglement from our plastic pollution.
“One of the worse polluters is stormwater, conveying plastic and urban pollution to waterways, like Petrie Creek,” she said.
“We have already removed over 2000 items of rubbish from Petrie Creek and surrounding creek banks in a previous clean up in May this year. We will expect to remove double this amount in the upcoming clean up. But we need help from the Nambour Community,” said Ms Rayner.
Stormwater Shepherds is committed to stopping plastic and urban pollution at the source – the home, the business and the stormwater drain. Their mission is to guide and inform global communities on how to stop these pollutants, so all lifeforms can enjoy clean water for future generations.
Petrie Creek commences its winding course to Nambour from the Blackall Range. The creek continues its course through subtropical coastal plains to join the Maroochy River and then flows into the South Pacific Ocean at Maroochydore.
For more information visit www.stormwatershepherds.org