Help fight plastic pollution

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley and Recycling Education Officer Bessie Mulhall take three for the sea
Camera IconCity of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley and Recycling Education Officer Bessie Mulhall take three for the sea Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee/Jackson Lavell-Lee

The City of Busselton is calling on the community to assist in the quest to keep Busselton beautiful.

The City was recently awarded a Keep Australia Beautiful Community Litter Grant and used the funding to install anti-litter signs to combat plastic waste.

City of Busselton recycling education officer Bessie Mulhall said she hoped to raise awareness about the impact of litter on the region’s coastal and marine life.

“Single-use plastics and their effect on our environment is a huge motivator to get people more active to help with these issues,” she said.

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“The South West is a global biodiversity hotspot, and our ecosystems require the utmost protection and care.”

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley encouraged the community to “take three for the sea”.

“Next time you are on our foreshore make an effort to pick up three pieces of rubbish to protect one of our best assets,” he said.

The City’s message coincides with tomorrow’s World Oceans Day.

To mark the occasion, the Busselton Jetty will host a beach clean-up at the foreshore in July with the official date to be announced depending on suitable weather conditions.

Busselton Jetty chief execu-tive Lisa Shreeve said plastic pollution was a major threat to the ocean.

“Nine million tonnes enter our oceans each year and is the major threat to our planet’s amazing marine life,” she said.

“We would like to invite everyone to come along and join in this free event, to keep our shorelines and waters clean from pollution and save our global oceans, which connect us all.”

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