It is hard to believe that this campaign began twenty years ago as the inspiration of one man, Australian yachtsman, Ian Kiernan.
As he sailed through the oceans of the world in his yacht 'Spirit of Sydney', he was shocked and disgusted by the pollution and rubbish that he continually encountered in areas such as the remote Sargasso Sea. The polluted state of the world's oceans motivated Ian to act.
Clean Up Sydney Harbour Day in January 1989 received an enormous public response with more than 40,000 Sydneysiders donating their time and energy to clean up the harbour.
In Whitsunday, Libby Edge is the driving force behind Eco Barge Services, a local marine clean up operation to work amid our Whitsunday Islands and their foreshores.
Libby first got the idea to clean the islands when she saw that marine debris was a constant and ever increasing problem on our local islands and marine life and wanted to take action herself.
"Eco Barge is planning to run trips out to the islands to remove plastics and rubbish from the beaches and inlets," Libby told Waterfront this week.
"Eco Barge will be taking volunteers to help with the removal of debris and is looking for help with the clean up operation," Libby added.
Libby has already teamed up with Reef Catchments and O.U.C.H. Volunteers; Jan Jarratt has chipped in and the Whitsunday Local Marine Advisory Committee is encouraging support for the Clean up Australia day event on March 1 and the Clean up business day on February 24.
Eco Barge Services is seeking help to the clean up Whitsunday. Contact Libby Edge at firstname.lastname@example.org
On February 3, VMR1 was tasked by Queensland Ambulance Service to carry out a medivac from Long Island for a young woman with a suspected Irukandji jellyfish sting. The patient was stabilized by a Paramedic and transported to an ambulance waiting at Abel Point. VMR Media and Public Relations Officer Malcolm Priday, commented that this was probably "Not a good way to start a honeymoon" for the young woman and her partner.
South Molle Island; Following an upgrade to the waste management system in 2008, work will start on the Sandy Bay campground (weather permitting). The area will be closed to camping and visitors are encouraged to use nearby Paddle Bay, South Molle Island, North Molle, Planton and Denman islands camping areas during this time.
"Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites."