About 40 Friends of Noosa World Surfing Reserve gathered under threatening skies at dawn last Saturday to give the wide expanse of Main Beach a good clean.
Isn’t that what friends are for!
Since the Friends program was launched earlier this year as a support force for the 10th world surfing reserve, the NWSR stewardship council has been building an events schedule to engage the growing number of people signing up as Friends, and the humble beach clean-up was the first.
Chris Doney, who has represented Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club on the stewardship committee since its inception in 2014, and has also been key man on the Friends project, enlisted the support of surf club president Ross Fisher and his crew who put on a barbecue breakfast for the volunteers.
NWSR president Kirra Molnar was thrilled the first Friends event attracted such great support, posting on social media, “Absolutely massive thank you to the community that came together this morning for our Noosa Beach Clean Up!”
But Kirra also noted things are not always what they seem at the beach.
“At first glance, our beaches seem pretty clean, but if you look a little closer you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find, from micro-plastics to polystyrene, confectionery wrappers and more.”
The beach cleanup was supported by Noosa Council, who supplied the jumbo size clean-up bags, and Plastic Free Noosa who recorded and separated the rubbish.
In addition to the Noosa World Surfing Reserve and its growing band of Friends, volunteers included members of Noosa Malibu Club, Noosa Boardriders Club, Noosa Heads SLSC and Surfrider Sunshine Coast.
To learn more about Friends of Noosa World Surfing Reserve, visit noosaworldsurfingreserve.com.au/product-category/friends-of-nwsr/