Finalist: Environmental Stewardship Award
Southern Moreton Bay Islands CoastCare
Southern Moreton Bay Islands Coast Care (SMBICC) are making a positive impact to protect and conserve the mangroves, saltmarsh, seagrass and marine wildlife abundant across Russell, Karragarra, Lamb, Macleay and Cobby Cobby Islands.
SMBICC identified an ongoing accumulation of litter from campers and visitors on Cobby Cobby Island. Six clean up events were held throughout 2016 resulting in the removal of approximately five tonnes of rubbish from the island. The Coast Care group have also held exhibitions on Russell Island to highlight the need to reuse, recycle and limit the amount of plastics entering Moreton Bay. In late 2016, the group formed a plastic committee and a collaboration with boomerang bags commenced.