A big thank you to our members who travelled to Rottnest on Sunday 16 September to participate in the Foundation’s last volunteer activity for the year.
Twenty-five keen Foundation members headed to the northern beaches to complete the remaining section of a whole-of-island beach clean-up undertaken by the many enthusiastic Rottnest volunteer groups. The Foundation group started at Ricey Beach and finished at Little Armstrong, taking in City of York and Catherine Bay on the way. What was pleasing to see was very little, to no rubbish along these beautiful bays. The wind was off-shore and the sun was out for the most part and the water was typically Rottnest crystal clear.
In addition to collecting rubbish, the group was also given the task of removing ‘Sea Spurge’ an introduced native from northern Africa and western Asia, and is now commonly found around Rottnest and along the south coast of Australia. It is well suited to the coastal dunes with an extremely deep tap-root, making it challenging work, but not to be deterred, out energetic group tackled a large infestation on Ricey beach, collecting 36 large ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’ rubbish bags, before returning to the settlement for some free time.
The Rottnest Foundation would like to thank and acknowledge all those Foundation members who put their hand-up to participate in our volunteer days during 2018, it is greatly appreciated and rewarding for those who participated. We would also like to acknowledge Rottnest Express, who support the Foundation’s environmental activities through the provision of free ferry fares.