At least 267 different species are known to have suffered from entanglement or ingestion of marine debris, including 86% of all sea turtles, 44% of all seabirds, 43% of all marine mammal species and numerous fish and crustacean species.

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2013 Clean Up Events

October 2013

The third Mackay Coastal Clean Up was held on 26 and 27 October 2013 and thanks to BMA HPX3 project, all our supporters and beach adopters, as well as the Mackay community the event was a huge success! A total of 335 volunteers joined us over the weekend to remove 4,982 kilograms of marine debris, which truly is a fantastic result for the marine life and aquatic environment around the Mackay Region, not to mention our largest volunteer turn out and kilo count to date.

This Clean Up focused on ten beaches in the Mackay Region, with marine debris being removed from all beaches between 9am and 11.30am and then being followed by a thank you barbeque from 12 noon.

On Saturday our amazing beach adopters and 226 volunteers assisted us in removing 1,230 kilograms of marine debris from six beaches. Many volunteers spent hours tirelessly removing thousands of smaller pieces of debris including common plastics which were scattered along the extremely long beaches of Mackay. It was brilliant to see so many local children get involved with this year’s clean up, with over 100 children volunteering on Saturday alone.

The following kilograms were collected from each beach on the Saturday:

Shoal Point                   155 kgs
Dolphin Heads                55 kgs
Blacks Beach                 464 kgs
Lamberts Beach              54 kgs
North Harbour Beach  245 kgs
Dudgeon Point             257 kgs

On the Sunday another group of fantastic beach adopters and 109 volunteers helped us to remove an astonishing 3,752 kilograms of marine debris from four more beaches. The majority of debris found on these beaches had been dumped and consisted of large concrete blocks, discarded building materials, abandoned tyres as well as light plastic items and our volunteers all worked extremely hard to collect what seems like an unbelievable collection weight.

The following kilograms were collected from each beach on the Sunday:

Harbour Beach             544 kgs
Town Beach               1,463 kgs
Far Beach                   1,405 kgs
Bakers Creek Reserve  340 kgs

A huge thank you to everyone that was involved in this Mackay Coastal Clean Up, especially BMA HPX3 Project and our official supporters and beach adopters: Channel 7, Hot FM Mackay, Mackay Regional Council (supporters/adopters/quad bike team), Rotary Club of North Mackay, Stand Out Public Relations, Eimeo Road State School, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Engineers Australia Mackay, Aurecon, GHD, Reef Catchments, Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group Inc., North Queensland Bulk Ports, and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

We hope to see all our supporters and volunteers again for our next Mackay Coastal Clean Up on 24 and 25 May 2014!! 

This clean up was also proudly supported by:
• Channel 7 Local News
• Hot FM
• Kapow Interactive
• Mackay Regional Council
• Reef Catchments
• Standout Public Relations 
• The Rotary Club of Mackay North Inc

May 2013

The second Mackay Coastal Clean Up was held on 18 and 19 May and thanks to BMA HPX3 project, all our supporters and beach adopters, as well as the Mackay and Sarina community the event was a huge success! A total of 200 volunteers joined us over the weekend to remove 4,751 kilograms of marine debris, which truly is a fantastic result.

This Clean Up focused on ten beaches in the Sarina area, with marine debris being removed from all beaches between 8am and 11:30am and then being followed by a thank you barbeque from 12 noon.

We could not have asked for better weather on Saturday as our amazing beach adopters and 103 volunteers assisted us in removing an astonishing 2,925 kilograms of marine debris from five beaches. It was brilliant to see so many people from the community get behind the event and volunteer their time, especially everyone that drove from Mackay to participate.

The following kilograms were collected from each beach on the Saturday:

Half Tide Beach                    160 kgs
Salonika Beach                    601 kgs
North Mick Ready Beach  1611 kgs
Mick Ready Beach               281 kgs
Mick Ready Point Beach     272 kgs

The weather was even more stunning on the Sunday as another group of fantastic beach adopters and 97 volunteers helped us to remove 1,826 kilograms of marine debris from five more beaches in the Sarina region. The majority of debris found on these beaches were light plastic items (except for one tractor tyre found on Sarina beach) and our volunteers all worked extremely hard to remove thousands of small pieces of plastic, including bottle tops and plastic bags. The kilogram count on these beaches therefore really does not capture the quantity of marine debris that was removed, but these are such important items to remove to protect our local marine life and environment.

The following kilograms were collected from each beach on the Sunday:

Campwin Beach                  235 kgs
Sarina Beach                       592 kgs
Freshwater Beach               102 kgs
Armstrong Beach                193 kgs
Cape Palmerston                 704 kgs

A huge thank you to everyone that was involved in this Mackay Coastal Clean Up, especially BMA HPX3 Project and Conservation Volunteers; Engineers Australia – Mackay Regional Group; Mackay Land Rover Club; Grasstree Beach Progress Association; First National Real Estate Sarina; Sarina Surf Life Saving Club; Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Association; Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service and Mackay & District 4WD Club for adopting a beach and helping to make this event a great success.

This clean up was also proudly supported by:
• Channel 7 Local News
• Zinc 101.9 FM
• Kapow Interactive
• Mackay Regional Council
• Reef Catchments
• Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Association 


















Marine debris removed from the
Whitsunday islands since July 2009
= 171,316 kilograms