Local community Group Ocean Crusaders combined forces with us at Redlands Kayak Tours to clean Tingalpa Creek’s upper reaches on Saturday. 37 passionate paddlers hit the waters near Old Cleveland Road on kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes to pull debris from the meandering waters of the creek.
Amongst the paddlers was local MP Kim Richards who said ‘What an awesome effort’ as the bags and other rubbish continued to pile up. Amongst the rubbish was a Bunnings Trolley, a bed head, over 150 plastic bottles and hundreds of pieces of polystyrene. With rain hitting on Saturday night, all of this rubbish was safely resting in the back of a ute rather than heading to Moreton Bay.
Founder of Ocean Crusaders, Ian Thomson, said ‘It’s always great to see the community come together and look after their own environment. Tingalpa Creek is a beautiful creek to paddle and removing all the debris washed into it is vital to protect this pristine wilderness for our marine and bird life. Unfortunately we didn’t get the remaining 6 trolleys and a mattress that were seen but hopefully we can get them in the near future.’
It was great to work with Ocean Crusaders who are constantly out cleaning our waterways. We find ourselves cleaning on every trip we run and we encourage more people to hit the waters and play their part, however it must stop at the shops, we have to stop buying plastics.
The event was sponsored by a local business in Gemini Insurance Brokers who wanted to give back to the environment. Owner Kate Koric said ‘it is important to appreciate what we have here in the Redlands and to look after it. This is our way to give back and we will be doing more in the future as the event was a huge success for us and the environment.’
Ocean Crusaders plan to run more Paddle Against Plastic events across Redlands Coast in 2019 so keep an eye on their facebook pages for upcoming events. Until the next clean up, take the time when you are out to pick up any rubbish you see, whether it is from waterways, creeks or parks, it all helps protect our great Redlands Coast assets.