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Come lend a helping hand this World Oceans Day

Thursday 30 May, 2019


To recognise World Oceans Day, Parks Victoria is inviting community members, who are interested in volunteering their time and learning about the impacts of marine pollution, to join staff and help keep the Patterson River clean and healthy this long weekend.

Parks Victoria ranger, Yani Cornthwaite, will be on hand to show participants how to carry out a litter survey and all data collected will contribute to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.

“Globally we are aware that plastic pollution both in our oceans and on our beaches is a significant problem and a lot of that rubbish flows downstream via our streams and rivers.”

“The last community clean up, organised along the banks of the Patterson River in March, resulted in 23 bags of litter collected. That’s 23 bags of assorted plastics, cigarette butts and other rubbish that will not enter Port Phillip Bay or travel further to the open ocean and harm or kill our marine life.”

“If you would like to be part of the solution and contribute to keeping our oceans clean, parks beautiful and protecting wildlife from impacts of plastic pollution, we encourage you to come along and participate as a valued volunteer.”

The clean-up takes place from 10am-12pm on Saturday 8th June 2019 along the Dandenong Creek Trail. Please meet Parks Victoria rangers on the southern side of the Patterson River and Wells Road Bridge in Patterson Lakes. Volunteers should register their attendance on www.parkconnect.vic.gov.au.


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