Karl French with Korean volunteers Euipyo Hong and JungYoung Jung made the trip up from Brisbane for a field day at Baldwin Swamp, where they helped clean the river and remove problem tree branches.
Karl French with Korean volunteers Euipyo Hong and JungYoung Jung made the trip up from Brisbane for a field day at Baldwin Swamp, where they helped clean the river and remove problem tree branches. ROB BARICH

Volunteers clean up creek

CONSERVATION Volunteers Australia team leader Karl French plucked a mud crab out of Bundaberg Creek at Baldwin Swamp and was met with nine confused faces.

The group of Korean volunteers were in town to clean up the area and help remove weeds from the banks of Freshwater and Bundaberg creeks.

“I explained to them that this was actually a delicacy in Australia and that mud crabs were essential in the protection of our mangroves,” Mr French said.

“They were pretty excited by it all and it’s a learning curve for them.”

He said the volunteer group’s work was valuable because it ensured the eco-system carried on as it should.

“Without the work we do, there would be too much for council and local groups to handle. This really helps,” Mr French said.

He said the volunteers, some of whom had flown directly from Korea, had also been to Mon Repos to see the loggerhead turtles.

“That was another way to show the implications of rubbish in our waterways, and it’s particularly relevant to Bundaberg Creek because it’s tidal,” Mr French said.

Conservation Volunteers Australia last trawled the area for rubbish and weeds in August last year.



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