Every year we get tonnes of rubbish washed ashore on the beaches in our region. This usually occurs in the Yolngu season of Dharratharra, beginning in about June, when the strong south-easterly airflow pushes it onto those beaches facing in that direction e.g. Cape Arnhem and beaches south of there. Recent however, strong north-easterly winds and rough sea conditions have brought large amounts of marine debris onto the beaches closer to home.
One of these, Galuru (East Woody) was cleaned up yesterday by some local resident and a crew from Datjala Work Camp. Thanks goes to those people who answered the call to action and those who would have come but for work commitments.
It important for us all to realise that this problem is everyones and that we can all contribute to having clean beaches. It just takes some time and determination. The marine debris problem is a big one and statistics show it is increasing each year. Dhimurru collected 4.3 tonnes of marine debris last year and will continue to commit what resources we can to this. Looking after our local beaches is a good start and if you’re going further afield, please consider giving back to the environment by cleaning up any rubbish you come across and leaving the area in better condition than when you arrived.