NEW STUDY: Conservation Volunteers Australia’s Tracey French, Dr Scott Wilson and volunteer Les Schulze get their hands dirty for the Marine Debris 2012 survey.
NEW STUDY: Conservation Volunteers Australia’s Tracey French, Dr Scott Wilson and volunteer Les Schulze get their hands dirty for the Marine Debris 2012 survey. Tom Huntley

Environmental study to analyse health of our waterways

A HEALTHY harbour needs a healthy catchment so Conservation Volunteers Australia are encouraging residents to join them in cleaning up the local environment on one of their Marine Debris Surveys.

Fisherman's Landing, Rodd's Peninsula, Chinamen Island and Facing Island will be the focus of the surveys from today to Thursday.

Conservation Volunteers Australia will collect potential marine debris, which will be analysed by CQUniversity and used to develop an awareness campaign.

This project is supported by the Queensland Governments Everyone's Environment Grant and the QGC Pty Ltd Catchment Care Program and has already removed over 13 tonnes of marine debris from Fisherman's Landing, Rodd's Peninsula, Chinamen Island and Facing Island since 2011.
 
Environment Minister Andrew Powell said the work in Gladstone was being carried out with funding from the Queensland Government's Everyone's Environment grants program.

Conservation Volunteers Australia has been awarded a $100,000 grant to undertake a range of conservation initiatives throughout the state as diverse as habitat protection for Richmond Birdwing butterflies on the Sunshine Coast to mahogany glider habitat at Cardwell and Lumholtz tree kangaroo rehabilitation facilities on the Atherton Tablelands.

"The water in Gladstone Harbour is monitored and meets water quality guidelines, but the location is also a natural collection point for rubbish and litter that can be drawn from elsewhere by prevailing winds and currents," Mr Powell said.

"Conservation Volunteers Australia's plans to clean up Gladstone Harbour are an exemplary example of the group's commitment to a healthier environment leading to greater conservation of our native wildlife."

Volunteers joining the conservation quest which departs 14 Goondoon St at 8am and returns in the afternoon, will need to wear sun safe clothes, sturdy shoes, a hat and bring a water bottle for the

Spaces are limited, so if you would like to join the team, and learn more about project, contact Caitlin Davies on 0429 334 445 or visit http://www.conservationvolunteers.com.au.