Some of the volunteers who answered the Plastic-free Beach Inverloch clean-up call last Sunday collect rubbish from among the dunes at the beach. m374318

Inverloch beach clean-up volunteers Joel Hardman and Josh Padinis hadn’t walked more than a few hundred metres when they’d filled their bag with beach rubbish last Sunday. m354318

YOU can do things like this with Facebook and other social media sites.
Put up a post and call for support for your own volunteer initiative.
And that’s exactly what new resident to the area, Alex Lieb, decided to do when she posted a message recently calling for people to help with a ‘Plastic-free Beach Inverloch’ clean-up day last Sunday.
It would have made the late Clean Up Australia founder Ian Kiernan, who died last week, proud.
“We had about 30 volunteers come out and help us, if you count the little kids, and they’re the ones that have to carry the message forward and also convince their families and friends,” said Alex Lieb last Sunday.
“Although I guess we were probably preaching to the converted. None of these people would leave litter behind at the beach.
“It all started from picking up rubbish on the beach at Kilcunda and thinking others might like to get involved as well.
“So, having moved to this area recently and found the community here to be so welcoming, I decided to try and get something going for the beach here.
“We did the inlet beach around to the lagoon, which was as far as we could go with that many people and came away with three or four big garbage bins full of rubbish.
“We were focusing on the plastic, but you can’t leave the rest behind,” said Alex.
One of the beach clean-up volunteers, Joel Hardman of Melbourne, a regular visitor to the family’s Inverloch beach house, was happy to pitch in with a morning’s work last Sunday.
“People visiting the beach should make a point of taking their rubbish home with them. We’ve all seen what happens when the plastic and everything else gets into the water. It kills the fish, penguins and seals and pollutes the beach and the ocean,” said Joel.
“Most people are pretty good cleaning up after themselves, but we can always do better and picking up some rubbish as you walk on the beach is one way to do it.”
Alex was delighted with the efforts and the attitude of the volunteers.
“They were great and so willing to help. We’ll definitely do it again next year and try to get around to the Surf Beach as well.
“But the message is simple. Minimise what you take to the beach. Take a reusable cup not a takeaway cup, reduce packaging and take anything you do bring home with you.
“And to help with the clean-up of things that get left or washed up consider taking a bag and picking up some of the other rubbish.
“The beaches at Inverloch were generally quite clean so most people are doing the right thing but we still picked up a lot of stuff.
“I did hear about that seal the other day, with the plastic ring around its neck. It’s terrible. We’ve got to cut back on our use of packaging and try to reduce the amount of rubbish getting into the waterways and the ocean.”
For further details contact Alex at email: Info@littleeconinja.com