Volunteers to tackle post Australia Day rubbish at Kwinana Beach

Megan Turton with Kahlia Pureau (4) and Amber Pizzuto with
Lawson Fankhauser (13) and Ruby Fankhauser (8).
Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d490112
Megan Turton with Kahlia Pureau (4) and Amber Pizzuto with Lawson Fankhauser (13) and Ruby Fankhauser (8). Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d490112

TWO Kwinana residents will tackle the post-Australia Day rubbish at Kwinana beach on January 27.

Amber Pizzuto had become dismayed at the amount of rubbish at her local beach and wanted change.

After some research she came across the Adopt-A-Spot program run by Keep Australia Beautiful.

The program asks volunteers to pick a spot and commit to a minimum of three to four clean-ups within two years.

Event organisers are supplied with tongs, rubbish bags, a container for syringes and gloves.

Ms Pizzuto said the upcoming event would be their second event.

“We were pleased with the first one on January 13; we had about 15 people turn up,” she said.

“A grandmother who was already at the beach with her grandson joined in too.

“We collected about 17 bags of rubbish, over 1709 cigarette butts, five soiled nappies, one syringe and one smashed glass pipe.

“Our next clean-up is on January 27, as you could imagine the rubbish left behind.

“We are going to put on a sausage sizzle out of our own pocket unless we can get sponsors.

“Coles donated $50 and Woolworths has donated onions, buns, sauces and sausages, for which we are really grateful.

“We didn’t except it to get so big but it’s what we were hoping for; the more volunteers the better.

“We would eventually like to expand to the suburbs and parks of Kwinana.

“For the next clean-up we will set up our table with all the rubbish collecting equipment and we will have sunscreen and a book for volunteers to sign in.”

“We are hoping to make these clean-ups a regular thing.”

Friend Megan Turton hoped it would inspire change.

“We just want people to be motivated to help keep clean and maybe change their bad habits,” she said.

“We spend a lot of time at Kwinana beach and we don’t want to be surrounded by rubbish, plus the damage it does to the sea life is devastating.”

For more information, visit their Facebook page at Adopt A Spot Kwinana Beach.