Gladstone Mayor praises response to region's clean-up effort
GLADTONE Mayor Gail Sellers has praised the response to the clean-up efforts across the region.
Sixty-one volunteers and seven Council staff attended a flood recovery community beach clean-up at Boyne Island and Tannum Sands on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"This effort was registered as an early Clean Up Australia Day event and successfully removed debris from our coastline prior to 4.6m high tides expected this weekend," Cr Sellers said.
"Volunteer response was outstanding with families turning up before school and local businesses sending workers to assist.
"Collectively the groups covered 4.5km of beach, gathered 30 bags of rubbish and collected items ranging from small broken plastics to coppice logs, mattresses, fridges, chairs, boat parts, fencing material and tyres."
Collected bags will be sent to Central Queensland University for analysis of marine debris.
"When the call went out for assistance the support of volunteers was indicative of the amazing community spirit within the Gladstone region," Cr Sellers said.
"The resilience of residents, a determination to help, and the willingness for strangers to often roll up their sleeves and lend a hand has been incredibly inspiring.
"Our communities have united in strength to overcome adversity and there is a humbling pride in being a part of the Gladstone Region."
Hundreds of volunteers assisted at the weekend in the Boyne Valley, Lowmead, Baffle Creek, Benaraby, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.
"Locals have also been out and about cleaning up beaches and road sides on their morning walks, for which we are immensely grateful," Cr Sellers said.
"Beach re-inspections will occur after the high tides and further regional clean ups may be organised as other areas become accessible.
"Response to every clean up effort has been commendable and contributes to moving our region one step closer toward recovery."