The Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beaches Challenge Award Ceremony was conducted yesterday and Randwick Council were successful in winning a number of awards for Clovelly, Coogee, Maroubra, Malabar and Yarra Bay.

There were 11 Beaches nominated in the Sydney Region, 6 of those by Randwick Council: Maroubra, Clovelly, Frenchmans Bay, Coogee, Malabar, Yarra Bay

and 4 by other Councils:  Long Reef(Warringah), Wanda(Sutherland), Lady Robinsons(Rockdale), Bondi (Waverley),  as well as La Perouse Explorers for Little Congwong.

Local volunteer group, the La Perouse Explorers won the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches Challenge(Sydney Region) Environmental Protection Award for the work they have done at Little Congwong Beach and surrounding area.  The award recognised many years of water quality testing, clean-ups and weeding, and guided walks of the area for the CSIRO Double Helix Club.  Over the years La Perouse Explorers has been supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Little Bay Cubs and Scouts, Kooloora Community Centre, Randwick Council, the La Perouse Precinct Committee, Sydney Water Streamwatch and Fishcare.

  1. Helen says:

    how do you get involved in the volunteer cleaning because i live at la perouse an i watch numerous tourist drop their rubbish on the ground from resturants such as dannys and paris\s and i go alone and pick up the rubbish but it just gets dumped the next day and its getting quite frustrating

  2. admin says:

    Dear Helen,

    I think we need a Take In, Take Out policy for waste and vigilance on the part of Randwick Council to ensure compliance. Waste items purchased at local shops should be deposited back and recycled appropriately. Then we would ONLY be dealing with stormwater pollution which is a major problem for Congwong Bay in particular. To fix this Randwick Council need to put more work into education about drains, the Councils in the Botany Bay Catchment need to work cooperatively and Sydney Water needs to come on board.

    La Perouse Explorers conducts tours and watertesting in Congwong Bay and works with other groups and individuals on general cleanups. The next cleanup will be Cleanup Australia Day (the first Sunday in March). As you say, you can pick up litter one day and a similar amount will be there the following day. Until senior managers in Council and National Parks get serious about the problem this is the best we can do.

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