Last year conservation volunteer Les Schulze found this massive bumper bar during the clean up.
Last year conservation volunteer Les Schulze found this massive bumper bar during the clean up. Contributed

Curtis Island to get a clean up

WHEN Conservation Volunteers visited Curtis Island in July to pick up rubbish for its marine debris survey, an incredible 49.5kg of garbage was collected.

CV is heading out to the island again over the weekend, this time with the Local Marine Advisory Committee and Gladstone Sportsfishers.

And they're calling for Gladstone region residents to join in on the clean up.

Volunteer engagement officer Tracey French said it was the community's responsibility to dispose of waste mindfully.

"Everyone has a part to play, it's our job as humans to keep our region clean," she said.

"Even the little foam beans that go in bean bags, they cause heaps of damage.

"Turtles will eat those and they get stuck in their airways and they choke."

CV will do another marine debris survey on October 8 and 9.

The public is invited to attend, providing they undertake a safety induction.

The project aims to identify the origins of the marine debris, which may impact on the island's wildlife including wader birds and sea turtles.

 

CLEAN UP

The clean up will take place this Saturday and Sunday.

Participants will camp overnight on Curtis Island.

There is room for eight volunteers, but they must undergo a safety induction first.

Call Tracey French on 49724969 for details.