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Wild Mob keeping the Cumberland Islands’ coastlines clean

The Trust for Wild Mob Trust have secured a $12,460 grant from waste and water management company SUEZ for its Marine Debris Audit, aimed at providing practical methods of sorting, itemising and categorising debris.


The funding will be used to help support the expansion of the Youth Ambassadors Program and carry out a public audit of marine debris collected by volunteers working in the Cumberland Islands. The audit will showcase practical methods of sorting, itemising and categorising debris such as plastic and other rubbish items recovered from turtle nesting beaches and coastal habitats.

Data collected from the audit will be uploaded to Tangaroa Blue’s Australian Marine Debris Database, national database dedicated to identifying how debris impacts different sections of the Australian coastline.

SUEZ SCG Wild MobWild Mob Youth Ambassadors and SUEZ Depot Manager, Mackay, Kevin Condie.

The Youth Ambassadors Program engages and empowers young people in taking direct action to protect critically endangered ecosystems. Each new project sees our Ambassadors identify an environmental problem in their area and develop a measurable, achievable, sustainable solution to help solve it.

Ensuring our marine environments are free from harmful plastic and debris is essential in preserving our marine ecosystems. The Youth Ambassadors Program and the marine audit help Wild Mob advocate for change in reducing plastic pollution reaching the ocean.

Wild Mob CEO, Dr Derek Ball said that grant meant the organisation could expand the Youth Ambassadors Program and achieve their goal to promote greater awareness of the impact of debris on our marine environments through the Marine Debris Audit.

“Single-use plastic is the biggest culprit, accumulating on islands in the Great Barrier Reef, causing damage to habitats and wildlife populations” Dr Ball said.

"It’s great to have the community here and to raise awareness about the waste habits of humans and the devastating impact on critically endangered ecosystems, especially in the Great Barrier Reef.”

Wild Mob Youth Ambassador Briody Fahey said, “as Youth Ambassadors we feel it is extremely important for young people to step and take responsibility to care for the environment, particularly our fragile marine ecosystems in the Great Barrier Reef.  In doing so, we hope to educate others on the problems our generation is having to address so we can work together with the wider community to create solutions and bring positive change.”

Kevin Condie, Mackay Depot Manager, attended the Marine Debris Audit on 20 January 2019 to present the cheque to Dr Ball.

“SUEZ is committed to working with local communities to preserve the oceans and avoid waste being released into our marine environments” said Mr Condie.

“Projects such as the Marine Debris Audit are a great opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of waste and debris on our marine ecosystems and the importance of making sure our oceans and animal habitats are not polluted.”

Tangaroa Blue representative, Vanessa Carey said “attending this audit and supporting Wild Mob’s Youth Ambassador in data collection is essential so we can work together as a community and pinpoint the source of where debris is coming from.  Collaboration is key to the work we are doing in communities around Australia to oversee and populate the Australian Marine Debris Database, so we can work more strategically towards source reduction.”

Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen attended the presentation and congratulated Wild Mob on their conservation work. “This is the kind of practical on-ground conservation work that produces great results in coastal areas around Mackay” said Mr Christensen.

State Member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert also attended the presentation and congratulated Wild Mob for their work removing plastics and other debris from our coastlines and waterways. “The State Government’s recent ban on single-use plastic bags will see around 16 million less bags polluting the environment in Queensland,” said Mrs Gilbert.

Now in its fifth year, the SUEZ Community Grants program has donated more than $740,000 in funding to community organisations and projects across Australia that help communities and the environment thrive.

For more information on the SUEZ Community Grants program or to register to receive information about the next grant round in 2019 visit SUEZ Community Grants.

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