Heads of Botany Bay to Banks Wall
Collection of rubbish
Scouts and Cubs from 1st Little Bay
Another beautiful warm day for the historic 30th Anniversary of Clean Up Australia. La Perouse Coastcare and Little Bay Cubs and Scouts were out in force to clean up around Port Botany, from Bumborah Point to Yarra Bay. There were 14 adults (6 females/8 males) and 16 children (4 females/12males). A mix of ‘rubbish’ from an Ofo electric bicycle to chair to the usual cigarette butts. In all around 80kg was collected in 12 bags, one of which contained bottles to be taken to the local return and earn facility at Malabar to assist with the running of 1st Little Bay Scouts.
Ken Evans from Paddlers for Peace with a canoe of rubbish. SMH 1990
FROM SYDNEY MORNING HERALD REPORT OF 1990 CLEAN UP
The Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, visited the national tally room at Darling Harbour yesterday afternoon where Telecom staff manned 40 telephones answering calls from the public and from sites across the country.
“One of the things that follows from today is that Australians individually can do something about the environment themselves,” he said.
Mr Hawke said that he had done “a little bit” himself around Kirribilli foreshore near his official residence.
The Premier, Mr Greiner, and the NSW Minister for the Environment, Mr Moore, were at the beach at Balls Head Bay helping about 40 locals clean one of the harbour’s dirtiest spots.
Mr Moore said the Government intended to introduce legislation later this year to provide for on-the-spot fines of up to $200 for people caught littering. The law would be enforced by the police and local council officers. Councils would be allowed to keep the revenue they raised.
The minister said most of the rubbish he collected off the small beach yesterday was plastic – drinking straws, shopping bags and bottles. It was the same for other clean-up sites.
Heads of Botany Bay
Cubs Scouts and Fishcare
It was a magnificent Autumn Day for the 29th Anniversary of Clean Up Australia. Little Bay Scouts, Cubs and one Fishcare volunteer came together under the La Perouse Coastcare banner to clean up around Port Botany – Molineux and Bumborah Point around to Yarra Bay. In all there were 11 adults (8 females/3 males) and 13 children (5 females/8 males). Anil from Randwick Council called by beforehand to distribute tickets to a screening of Blue at Randwick Ritz as well as prizes for the cubs. While there were still a lot of cigarette butts to collect plastic bottles were well down and the few collected were taken away to the return and earn facility.
Rubbish difficult to access between the rocks on revetment wall
Gates at heritage listed Prince of Wales Drive
La Perouse Coastcare in action
Heritage listed Banks’ Wall Port Botany
Banks Wall – popular for fishing
Spearfisher Jack and his prized campervan
From Bumborah Point to Yarra Bay
Dominic in action
Readings taken today: Phosphate=0.07 mg/L; Dissolved Oxygen low at 3.4 mg/L (35%); Electrical Conductivity (salinity) = 450; pH = 6; Temperature = 17 degrees; Turbidity = 7 FTU; E.coli = 100 colonies per 100ml
Cyathea australis a major feature around the Happy Valley bridge
Piece of iron
Pathway overgrown with Lantana
Old building rubble now exposed in bank
On a Weeds Field trip to the Central Coast today to see Sicilian Sea Lavender –Limonium hyblaeum (Plumbaginaceae) – in situ at Saratoga Nature Reserve before its eradication. This invasive species which destroys native salt marsh species, has already taken hold in Victoria . Fortunately it has only been recorded in NSW at Saratoga and Lake Conjelligo. Thanks to Nicola Nixon for organising the trip.
One of the pollinators of Sicilian Sea Lavender
Paul Marynissen talking about Sicilian Sea Lavender at Saratoga Nature Reserve
Photographing mangroves in the new wellies
View from Saratoga Nature Reserve
From Saratoga Nature Reserve
Exposed roots of Sicilian Sea Lavender
Checking dune species at Saratoga Nature Reserve
More weed species at Saratoga Nature Reserve
Paul Marynissen talking about Kudzu
Another disturbing incursion has been the Kudzu( Pueraria lobata) observed in a number of locations on the Central Coast and Northern NSW.
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Scouts on Rocks
The weather was perfect this morning for the annual clean up of Molineux and Bumborah Points at Port Botany.
Rubbish and Recycling Bags Bumborah
Scouts and Cubs at Bumborah
The Molineux group
Cycling at Molineux
On the rocks at Molineux
La Perouse Coastcare at Molineux
Bag from Bumborah
Bag on the beach
Cleaning up butts in the bush at Molineux
Container Ship and Wake through Heads of Botany Bay
Water Testing yesterday at Congwong Lagoon: Water Temperature 23; pH 6; Electrical Conductivity 680; Turbidity 18; Coliforms 1300 per 100ml; Dissolved oxygen 4.7 (55%) Phosphate 0.06 ppm.
In 2013 Caltex was responsible for a major oil spill in Botany Bay and in April 2015 undertook to provide funds for work on the Gross Pollutant Trap that filters stormwater entering Congwong Lagoon.
Photos from yesterday including signs at the entry to the Beach (6 poles but no bike rack).
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