Four Wheel Drive Queensland held their annual Fraser Island Clean-up event on Sunday 2nd June, picking up marine debris along the length of the eastern beach between Dilli Village and Orchid Beach. This year marked the twelfth event held on Fraser Island, thanks to the hard work and organisation of Four Wheel Drive Queensland with the support of QPWS.
Due to inclement weather, the number of participants was lower than anticipated, but that didn’t stop the 247 individuals—from 19 Four Wheel Drive Queensland clubs—collecting the largest amount of rubbish yet. In addition to two trailer loads of larger items, a massive 985 bags were collected, removing plastic bottles, fishing glow sticks, thongs, rope and fishing line.
Two clubs also assisted rangers with weed removal on the high tide road between Yidney Rocks and Happy Valley. Close to 1000 easter cassia and around 800 lantana plants were removed, greatly reducing the weed infestation in this area. Groups have worked in this area for the past few years and it’s showing a marked improvement.
After the hard work was completed, the clubs were invited to Yidney Rocks Beachfront Apartments to enjoy a barbecue lunch. Enjoying a sausage and a cold drink while watching the humpbacks head north was a great reward and led into a barbecue event that night.
Photo taken from the www.4wdqld.com.au website by Mark Haeusler, Four Wheel Drive Queensland.