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October 12th 2009
Clean-up low-down

Clean-Up volunteer Carolyn Dixon at Arthur Bay Maggie Island Clean-Up Day had a "reasonable turn-out" according to Magnetic Island Nature Care President Wendy Tubman although the complete list of participants and what was collected is yet to be tallied across the bays.

According to Wendy Tubman, from anecdotal accounts so far, it appears that alcoholic and soft drink bottles and cans have made up a large proportion of the garbage and Wendy has noted that considerable amounts of rubbish is being left near the Island bus stops.

It seems that quite a number of volunteers may not have registered and did their work at other times over the weekend. One such group, who were unavailable for clean-up Sunday were the Illidge family from Nelly bay who collected rubbish between Foodworks Nelly Bay and the Sooning Street bridge on Gustav Creek. Libby Illidge told Magnetic Times, "We collected two big garbage bags with bottles and wrappers the most common items. But we didn't see too many plastic bags."

Another Nelly Bay resident, Mr Scott Harrison, reported that he had collected five bags full from Gustav Creek.

QPWS Ranger, Jo Petersen, was helped by fellow Ranger, Brian Johnson and volunteers from Townsville who came over for the day to clean up the creek at Arthur Bay.

Prior to the group collecting at Arthur Bay, an area along the West Point road was covered, and some useful evidence amongst the rubbish was discovered which will be passed on the Townsville City Council to assist in the prosecution of the illegal dumpers.

The QPWS volunteer crew and rubbish collected at Arthur Bay

Jo Petersen, who took the photos for this story, said, "These photos are from Arthur Bay Creek, a place where rubbish regularly accumulates from the ocean.

"The National Park Volunteers from town came over to assist Brian and I. We collected 10 bags of rubbish from this site, plus several large items. Of particular note was large amounts of rope, string and fishing line hanging in the mangroves, as displayed by Carolyn Dixon in the attached photo. Plus all the usual culprits, including hundreds of bottle tops and bits of plastic."

Well done all.

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Clean-up low-down
Sylvia Hayes
October 12th 2009
Well done to all you community-minded volunteers. This is the very first time I've ever participated in a clean-up event,and I was motivated because Maggie always struck me as a CLEAN and friendly place.I want to help keep it that way. I picked half a bag of rubbish along the road near my place and I kept the bag because I'm going to do this more regularly. Even cigarette butts are yuk.
BArbsasra Gibbs
October 12th 2009
Picnic Bay residents may not have seen advertising...or at least one would hope it was thatbeing the reason for no show for registration on the day.
However, I did manage to intercept some girls from Blackheath college and tourists from Perth to take bags and pick up on their walks. The Picnic Bay SLSC girls were also given a bag, considering there were overnight guests still hanging around, but an afternoon visit revealed no real use had been made of the bag.
I find the most ocnsistent rubbish is definitely the ubiquitous cigarette buttts and bottle tops!

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Readers comments
Syl Hayes In reply to Fair raises $15,000 for school
What a wonderful outcome for the school! I had a great time face-painting with Luke and Sasha, met lots of kids and parents,scored some great books at the Trash n Treasure stall, and even remembered to vote. Everywhere you looked people were enjoying themselves...such a tribute to the organisers. Well done!
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