Coodanup Clontarf Academy students help clean up Doddies Beach

Coodanup Clontarf Academy students help clean up Doddies Beach

STUDENTS from the Coodanup Clontarf Academy got their hands dirty during a beach clean-up at Doddies Beach, Halls Head.

It was a rainy day but the students managed to collect a bunch of microplastics and rubbish that had washed up onto the grassed area on the beach front.

City of Mandurah environmental officer Tarnee Rutherford provided students with an introduction to microplastics and their dangerous impacts on marine life, including the turtles and fish that call Mandurah home.

“I love this story because it mixed two things I am passionate about,’’ Mayor Rhys Williams said.

“Mandurah is committed to ridding our environment of plastics and I am happy we have been able to support our young people at the Coodanup Clontarf Academy who in turn are contributing in a really positive way to our community,’’

The Academy will be getting involved in more activities to help the environment, according to Academy operations officer Kevin Dalgetty.

“Students want to give back to their community,’’ he said.

“The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospect of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.”