Strategies of 'Zero Waste' need to be implemented that encompass waste reduction, reuse and recycling as well as producer responsibility and ecodesign. 

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Community Awareness

Preventing debris from first entering the marine environment is critical to the long-term protection of the marine environment. We are therefore also focused on awareness and education activities that will allow the community to understand the devastating effects that marine debris has for our environment while providing information about the small behavioural changes they can make that will help to minimise the incidence of marine debris.

Through the promotion of the importance of thoughtful waste disposal, and by demonstrating that even a small group of people can make a difference, we hope to change the attitudes and ultimately the behaviours of the individuals within the community.

Over the past few years we have participated in many community days, school activities and the Reef Festival. We also have a marine debris display at Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville, so that all the visitors are able to learn about the harmful affects of rubbish in our marine environment. 

School and Community Group Presentations

Education (particularly for our children) is a vital component in our fight against marine debris, as well as in our efforts to raise awareness for the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre. Giving people the information and motivation they need to help us stem the flow of marine debris in the Whitsundays and to make a real difference to the health of marine turtles is a top priority of Eco Barge.

School visits and community group presentations have proved to be incredibly successful at getting people of all ages engaged and excited to help – armed with all the knowledge they need to do so! We would like to thank the local schools and learning centres that have already invited us to spread the word about Eco Barge and its programs and initiatives. If you are interested in organizing a visit/presentation please e-mail: 

'Kids Caring for our Coast' 2015 calendar

Continuing the tradition of previous years, Eco Barge has bought out a new calendar for 2015. Each month within the calendar includes a winning picture from an art compition run by Cannonvale State School and St Catherine's Catholic college, that was undertaken to promote what our school children saw as ways we can all help towards reducing the threat of marine debris in our environment. The calendar also includes local dates and marine information that is relevant to the Whitsunday and Mackay regions, while also highlighting ways in which our community can help to protect the marine environment of the Whitsunday region.

Thank you to Cannonvale State School and St Catherine’s Catholic College, and all of the sponsors that made this calendar possible: Graphic House; Whitsunday Local Marine Advisory Committee; IGA Jubilee Central; Red Cat Adventures; Orchid Valley Veterinary Surgery; One Ocean View; Reef Catchments; Whitsunday Regional Council; Charter Yachts Australia; Ray White Whitsunday; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority; C.C. Gardens Total Garden Maintenance and Whitsunday Plaza.


Marine debris removed from the
Whitsunday islands since July 2009
= 174,764 kilograms