Lincoln National Park cleanup prompts waste warning

COLLECTED: Alison Parker and Mathew Walsh with the rubbish they collected from one of their clean up days in Lincoln National Park.
COLLECTED: Alison Parker and Mathew Walsh with the rubbish they collected from one of their clean up days in Lincoln National Park.

Local beach cleaners Alison Parker and Mathew Walsh have called for people to ensure they do not allow rubbish to go into the water after collecting large amounts from beaches in Lincoln National Park.

This comes after the pair cleaned up large amounts of rubbish from Engine Point and Richardson’s Shack.

Miss Parker said she had spent about five hours by herself cleaning the beach before returning with Mr Walsh one week later for another clean up.

She said they ended up with two trailer loads of rubbish, of which half was plastic including pilchard wrapping, bait bags and domestic plastic.

The rest was made up of rope and general rubbish.

“I spent four and a half to five hours on my own on one beach, I didn’t get even half of the beach covered,” she said.

Mr Walsh said in enclosed bays, where there was not a lot of surf activity, they were finding a lot of fishing and domestic rubbish.

He said attitudes needed to change for many people, including fishermen and tourists, about taking care of their plastic waste.

“A lot of people are mindful of taking stuff home with them, but there are many that just don’t care,” he said.

For the past three years Miss Parker and Mr Walsh have been working to remove and dispose of rubbish they find on Eyre Peninsula beaches.

They have visited beaches from Eucla in Western Australia to Arno Bay.

The pair said they wanted to return to Richardson’s Shack as well as check around Carcass Rocks.

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