On Saturday 18 June, Bellarine Bayside supported The Dive Victoria Group and Bellarine Catchment Network to clean up litter at St Leonards Pier. While a group of dedicated divers braved the cold water to collect litter in and around the pier, a group of community members collected litter along the foreshore and in the car park. This involvement provided an opportunity for Bellarine Bayside to actively support a program that adopts a ‘ridge-to-reef’ philosophy, which highlights the movement of litter between land and the marine environment. According to recent figures, 95% of marine-based litter originates from land, primarily transported via the stormwater system.
Despite poor visibility the divers collected over 400m of fishing line, household batteries, lures, plastics, garden hose, and plenty of other waste. The data collected will provide invaluable information for both the local Caring for our Bays program and the International marine litter database Project Aware. Log into Project Aware here to see the data in more detail.
A Bellarine Bayside-staffed education portal supported the litter survey activities by providing community members with information on regional litter issues, coastal management and biodiversity values. Bellarine Bayside looks forward to supporting future litter initiatives and would like to send a huge thank you to all divers and community members who took part in this survey.
Bellarine Bayside acknowledges the Wadawurrung People as the Traditional Custodians of the Bellawiyn land, waterways and skies, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We recognise the unique ability of Wadawurrung People to care for Country and the intrinsic spiritual, cultural, economic, social and environmental connections they share with the land and waters. We are committed to partnering with Wadawurrung to achieve effective management of Country through self-determination.
Bellarine Bayside is committed to providing respectful and inclusive workplace, valuing the unique contributions, skills and perspectives of each individual. We are committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.