Event push to end plastic bottle use

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Katie Jolley and Di Bruce display the new water refill stations.
Camera IconKatie Jolley and Di Bruce display the new water refill stations. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Jackson Lavell-Lee

The Sunsmart Busselton Jetty Swim is abolishing complimentary plastic water bottles for participants and recommending swimmers use water stations for rehydration.

Swimmer registration fees will also be spent on the continued protection of the Busselton Jetty’s world first Jetty Pile Rehabilitation Project to save marine life including soft corals and invertebrate.

Busselton Water chief executive Chris Elliott said he was pleased to support the SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim and its efforts to run a more environmentally sustainable event. “Protecting the environment is a high priority for Busselton Water,” he said.

“Being able to assist such a major local event transition into sustainable environmental practices is a great outcome.”

The event on February 10 will see around 2000 competitors and this year attempts to reduce the need for single-use plastic water bottles and cut down water wastage.

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Jetty Swim event sponsorship co-ordinator Di Bruce said this was an important move to change the way the community views disposable plastic water bottles. “We want to keep the jetty swim green for future years’ events,” she said.

Water stations will be set up throughout the foreshore for participants to refill re-usable bottles.

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