Teens make clean sweep at Port Gawler

News release
29 January 2020

Tyre view. Photo: Big Week Out

Tyre view. Photo: Big Week Out

Each year, teenagers from church groups across Adelaide help the National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board to deliver on environmental projects as part of the annual Big Week Out event.

This year, on Friday 17 January, over 130 young volunteers were enthusiastic participants in a massive cleanup effort at Port Gawler in the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara.

The teenagers from Adelaide church groups helped pick up enough rubbish to fill two large tandem trailers and a ute.

Senior Ranger Erik Dahl and NR AMLR officer Warwick Barnes with Big Week Out crew. Photo: Big Week Out.

Senior Ranger Erik Dahl and NR AMLR officer Warwick Barnes with Big Week Out crew. Photo: Big Week Out.

Among the rubbish collected were large quantities of tyre rubber from ‘burnouts’ and also thousands of plastic tree guards, which were sent for recycling into other products.

Co-organiser Warrick Barnes, a Coastal Conservation officer supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board said this is a great example of a project that works with local programs wanting to make a difference to our environment.

“We’ve seen in previous years that this group is well organised and makes a big difference to sites within a 4-5 hour commitment, allowing further conservation works to proceed into the future,” he said.

The Port Gawler group. Photo: Big Week Out.

The Port Gawler group. Photo: Big Week Out.

The cleanup will help reduce the amount of tyre rubber and the wire it contains finding its way into local waterways and native vegetation.

The event was supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board, Adelaide Plains Council and Big Week Out.

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