Kangaroo Island cleans up the neighbourhood

BAY CLEAN-UP: Emu Bay Progress Association members Ann Jamieson, Kingsley Pledge, Catherine Murphy, Cherie and Lance Tyley, Michelle and Brian Morrison, Shirley Pledge with some of roadside rubbish. Photo: Anton Jamieson
BAY CLEAN-UP: Emu Bay Progress Association members Ann Jamieson, Kingsley Pledge, Catherine Murphy, Cherie and Lance Tyley, Michelle and Brian Morrison, Shirley Pledge with some of roadside rubbish. Photo: Anton Jamieson

A clean up of beaches, bays and roadsides took place on Kangaroo Island for Clean Up Australia Day 2019. 

Emu Bay Progress Association members again participated in Clean Up Australia Day this year on Sunday, March 3.

Rubbish collection is a regular activity for the association, which works hard to keep the approaches to the popular tourist spot neat and tidy.

Some years, including this one, members picked up along both sides of Emu Bay Road and then along North Coast Road towards Wisanger Oval.

This year, they weighed their truck on the weigh bridge at the KI waste transfer station and it registered 72kg of rubbish and recyclables.

The weight might have been influenced by one car tyre, but otherwise, just ordinary rubbish.

KICE students from Kingscote on the clean-up at Bales Bay on Clean Up Australia Day 2019.

KICE students from Kingscote on the clean-up at Bales Bay on Clean Up Australia Day 2019.

Cans and bottles collected that day were taken to the Havachat recycle depot and the $11 payment is being donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Just prior to this clean up, residents Shirley and Kingsley Pledge picked up more than 30 beer cans along a section of North Coast Road, north of Emu Bay Road intersection.

The association presumes it's just at the correct mileage for a beer to be opened by unnamed "workers" finishing their shift, who down a beer and throw the empty can out of the car window.

The work is far from over for the association, which is now turning its attention to the illegal dumping of soil, concrete and household prunings, now taking root, at Emu Bay Creek Reserve.

The association wonders whether rhetoric about the Island’s pristine natural wonders can be taken seriously when this is the entrance statement to one of KI's iconic beach tourism attractions.

It hopes the KI Council or perhaps a local private operator of heavy equipment will be able to help clean up the reserve at the entrance to Emu Bay. 

Some of the rubbish collected by Natural Resources KI rangers and volunteers at Vivonne Bay on Clean Up Australia Day 2019.

Some of the rubbish collected by Natural Resources KI rangers and volunteers at Vivonne Bay on Clean Up Australia Day 2019.

Natural Resources KI also organised a number of Clean Up Australia Day events, including rangers, Seal Bay staff, volunteers and KICE students from Kingscote picking up rubbish at Vivonne Bay, Seal Bay and Bales Beach. 

The material collected is being donated to artists for the upcoming "Washed Up, Brushed Up - The Art of Recycling" exhibition at the Kangaroo Island Gallery. 

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