Plastics collecting at the foreshore will soon be targeted by the Carrum Beach Patrol, thanks to founder and Carrum Primary School teacher Marcus Mulchay (pictured).
The school and the community have been involved in revegetating the fragile dune system since 2015 via Friends of Carrum Foreshore. Carrum Beach Patrol is an extension of this work to take ownership of the foreshore environment and to encourage responsible behaviour where waste disposal is concerned.
“The council does a terrific job sweeping the beaches every week but there’s always things that slip through their net,” Marcus says. “That’s where we come in as a second wave of beach rubbish combers.”
The group will cover the area from the Carrum Bowling Club at Keast Park north to the river-mouth, then up and along Patterson River. Marcus says one of the biggest challenges is when heavy rainfall flushes rubbish from upstream into Patterson River and the foreshore environment. “Lots of bits and pieces end up there - clothing, bottles, cans, wrappers, old signs and a variety of odd things like guitars and soft toys.”
The beach patrol movement, which is focused on litter control, began in 2014 and now includes more than 20 groups dotted around Port Phillip Bay from Tootgarook to Werribee.
“We have a local community that is passionate about improving Carrum's natural environment, and Carrum Beach Patrol is another way that we can work together to protect a unique part of the world,” Marcus says.
Everyone is welcome to the group’s launch at the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday, April 28, at 9am. For more information, go to facebook.com/carrumbeachpatrol
CAMERON HOWE (camhowe.com)