Youngs volunteers collect Quinns Rocks Beach marine debris

Rio Tinto Earth Assist team leader Natasha Tay (orange vest) and the Butler Community Centre student volunteers.
Rio Tinto Earth Assist team leader Natasha Tay (orange vest) and the Butler Community Centre student volunteers.

YOUNG volunteers collected more than 15kg of marine debris in a recent coastal clean-up.

The Butler Community Centre science club collected litter in Quinns Rocks on December 1, helped by Rio Tinto Earth Assist.

It was the first of several activities planned in the area to improve conservation and encourage young women in science.

Program manager Sarah-Jane McMahon said the girls worked along the coastline beside Fred Stubbs Park, collecting rubbish and analysing the materials found through a marine debris survey.

“By enabling these young women to make a marked improvement to their local environment, they become empowered with the knowledge that they can make a positive difference to the community,” she said.

Results from the survey contribute towards a national database that forms part of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.

For more information on the program, call 9335 2777 or visit www.earthassist.org.au .