Students from Brisbane Water Secondary College Woy Woy Campus removed 420 kilograms of litter from Woy Woy Bay during a session with Clean4Shore on October 26.
A high tide allowed the group to enter the bay around the Woy Woy Rail Station foreshore, which is where they collected the majority of their litter, according to Clean4Shore coordinator, Mr Graham Johnston. Mr Graham said that the recent storms had flushed an excess of litter into the bay and that the trip provided a learning opportunity for students to view the impact of open drains pouring storm water directly into the Bay.
“South of the Railway Station two large open drains direct storm water from the streets directly into Woy Woy Bay. “There is no filtration on these drains and bulk litter was deposited on the foreshore and in the adjoining mangroves. “Litter was built up primarily in front of the station but was present across the foreshore,” Mr Johnston said. “All up, we collected 17 bags of litter that equated to 420 kilos removed from the Bay,” he said. The group ended their day by delivering the waste to Woy Woy tip.
SOURCE: Media release, 26 Oct 2018 Graham Johnston, Clean4Shore