Locals encouraged to help clean up for the Barrier Reef

PROTECTING marine life and the pristine beauty of the Great Barrier Reef can start with the simple act of participating locally in the Great Barrier Reef Clean-up on Saturday, October 24.

Bundaberg Regional Council is supporting the clean-up by waiving all fees associated with removing collected rubbish to the council's waste facilities.

Waste and Recycling portfolio spokesman Cr Vince Habermann said the clean-up was vital to maintaining the health of local waterways, marine life and protection of the reef.

"The clean-up effort has been targeted at Queens Park and registered volunteers will be asked to collect refuse that can, and does, find its way into our waterways.

"Plastic bags and glass and plastic bottles, old tyres and a host of other carelessly discarded items can create navigational hazard in addition to harming marine animals.

"Data collected from the day will be entered in the Australian Marine Debris database and assist in identifying hot spots along the coastline fronting the Great Barrier Reef."

Cr Habermann said the clean-up would start at Queens Park at 8.30am and conclude at noon.

"Interested individuals or groups can register to participate by visiting gbrmpa.gov.au and following the links. Anyone who may like to undertake a clean-up in another location is requested to register and to identify where the clean-up will occur."

"Council, as a Reef Guardian Council, is pleased to support this initiative," Cr Habermann said.

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