Astounding haul from waterways cleanup

Kincumber High School students taking part in the Clean4Shore program

Children at Kincumber High School braved the blustery conditions on February 15 and helped clean up their local waterways as part of the Clean 4 Shore program.

Fifteen eager students joined Founder of Clean4Shore, Graham (Jono) Johnston, and Central Coast Council Estuary Officer, Kristy McQueen, in picking up rubbish and commencing some small scale bush regeneration work on the Island at the end of South Kincumber Channel.

Teacher Meg Lawler said the program has become really popular, to the point where students are signing up for future terms in advance.

“It has got to the momentum where we have too many kids,” Lawler said.

“A lot of kids sign up again and again and just put their names down for all three sessions over the next two terms.”

Lawler said Johnston could direct the kids to where the most rubbish is by analysing which way the winds have been going.

“The things kids find is amazing,” she said.

“They found bikes and tents, which is shocking for them as they didn’t expect those things to be in the mangroves.

“They make it fun; they get stuck in the mud, and they are provided lunch after.

“It really opens the kids’ eyes up to all the rubbish that is out there.

“Lots of kids find money which is cool which they get to keep.

“They have a tennis ball challenge because it is astounding how many tennis balls get washed down the drain.

“Through the bush regeneration program, the kids removed a lot of the invasive pests on the islands, which Kristy helped teach them about.”

Clean4Shore said 160 kilos was offloaded at Woy Woy Tip.

Jacinta Counihan