A good time was had by all who attended and we would like to thank the organisers and sponsors for another great event.
2013 Fraser Island Clean Up - Media Release - Four Wheel Drive Queensland
The 2013 Fraser Island Clean Up attracted over 290 volunteers from 19 four wheel drive clubs across Queensland. This year’s event found that in addition to the general rubbish and marine debris washed ashore by the tides, a significant amount of collected rubbish was washed ashore by the relentless weather systems that have battered the Fraser Coast (and much of Queensland) this year.
4WD Qld conservation officer Mark Haeusler said the event was once again a success but was astounded by the amount of rubbish collected.
"The area cleaned up by the volunteers was most of the Eastern shore of the island therefore a lot of flotsam and jetsam collected consisted of plastic such as netting, bottles, fish fluoro tubes and incredibly, thousands of toothbrushes".
"Approximately 50 cubic metres of rubbish (985 garbage bags) was collected in just 6 hours which is horrifying but instantly we had comments from tourism operators who frequent the island how much of a difference it made."
In a first for the event, the 2013 Fraser Island Clean Up saw volunteers also concentrate on targeting invasive Cassia and Lantana problem areas that were identified by QPWS rangers.
"Fraser Island is a listed World Heritage Area and 4WD Qld are proud to assist in helping to keep it clean and weed-free so that future visitors can see its true beauty." Said Mark
The event is reliant upon volunteers with the backing of corporate sponsorship. Without the people donating time, money and products this event would not exist. If you'd like to be part of next year's Four Wheel Drive Queensland’s Fraser Island Clean Up event seewww.4wdqld.com.au