How turtley awesome is this! The countdown is on for all the little turtle hatchlings to leave their nests and start their ocean journey - such a big event for such little creatures. I know Sunshine Coasters would be keen to help Nature's precious little bundles reach the ocean, and what better way to do this than ensuring the turtle hatchlings have a clear run all the way down to the water.
Clean-up for the Hatchlings is a FREE event run by the Sunshine Coast Council's TurtleCare Programme, in conjunction with Reef Check Australia and Sea Life Sunshine Coast. The aim of this awesome event is to inspire the whole community to come together to help clean up Sunshine Coast beaches, in preparation for the hatchling turtles to emerge from their nests across the coast.
The 2019 beach clean-up will be targeting small hard plastics, which directly impact the hatchling-size turtles, but in saying this, ALL waste will be collected at multiple locations across the coast.
6.00am - 7.30am Meet at your registered beach clean-up location for sign on with the co-ordinator;
8.00am - 10.00am Meet back at La Balsa Park in Buddina for a FREE BBQ breakfast, activities, raffles and prizes and of course, to weigh and sort your debris!
What to bring?
Please bring your own gloves, a chair, closed shoes and plenty of water in reusable water bottles - this is a single-use plastic-free event. Please ensure that your clothing is sun-safe.
🐢 Beach Access 104 Marcoola Beach
🐢 Beach Access 134 North Shore (meet at the hut)
🐢 Beach Access 85 Point Arkwright
🐢 Beach Access 201 Buddina
🐢 Beach Access 232 Warana
🐢 Beach Access 237 Warana
🐢 Beach Access 241 Bokarina
🐢 Beach Access 248 Wurtulla
🐢 Beach Access 260 Currimundi (Buderim Street)
🐢 Moffat Beach (Eleanor Shipley Park)
🐢 Victoria Terrace, carpark Shelly Beach
🐢 Beach Access 293 Happy Valley
🐢 Beach Access 137 Cotton Tree Park
🐢 Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium, Mooloolaba
🐢 La Balsa Park
Parking will be limited, please consider carpooling; riding your bicycle or public transport.
Even though the Clean-up for the Hatchlings is a totally FREE event, in order to plan logistics, registration is essential. Please register online here, scroll down the page to 'Book Now' and follow the easy 4-step process.
Step 1 Choose your clean-up location
Step 2 Will you be joining in for the FREE BBQ and weigh-in?
Step 3 Your details plus any additional friends/family members that are joining you?
Step 4 Submit your details
Terms and Conditions for participation in the Hatchling Clean-up
All participants to register and have a pre-start briefing before starting the clean up
All children up to 15 years of age must be accompanied and supervised by an adult
Sturdy enclosed footwear, gloves and protective equipment must be worn (i.e. hat, sunglasses/eye protection, sunscreen and long sleeves). Please ensure that you keep yourself well hydrated.
Some items to be cleaned up may be hazardous (e.g. sharp objects, broken bottles)
Do NOT handle syringes or anything you are unsure of. If you come across a syringe or debris that falls into this category, please inform your Site Supervisor
Some clean up areas may be potentially dangerous (e.g. slippery rocks and/or river banks). Please ensure you take adequate precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of others around you.
Please act with caution should you encounter jellyfish and/or bluebottles
Use hand sanitiser or wash your hands at the conclusion of the clean-up or before eating.
Come on, Sunny Coasters, it's time to not just 'talk the talk', but to 'walk the walk' with a good clean-up of our beaches. Let's share the love for our home and our wildlife, by getting together and cleaning up for the turtle hatchlings and giving them a really good start in life.
2019 Clean-up for the Hatchlings
Saturday February 2 2019
Various beach locations
Various beach locations, Sunshine Coast Wide
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