Surfers to keep it all clean. North Shore collection plans.
THE Surfrider Foundation will undertake a 60km clean-up of the Noosa North Shore through to Double Island Point as part of an annual effort to make beach users more aware of the environment.
The two-day clean-up on May 3-4 will target both marine and camper debris along the stretch of beach from the Third Cutting through to Double Island.
The event couldn't come soon enough for Sunshine Coast artist Chris Postle, who was horrified at what he found on a recent camping trip.
He and Melbourne visitor Bruce Kirby took more than an hour to clean up other people's rubbish.
Within just a 100m radius, they filled seven shopping bags with rubbish - 70% from previous campers and 30% marine debris.
Chris said he could not believe that people just didn't get it.
"Such a beautiful and amazing part of the coast and they just don't respect that," he said.
"They have large bins in place along the beach which is great but 10 minutes doing a quick rubbish pick-up around your site would soon evolve into a clean beach and maybe set a good example to others.
"The other disturbing thing was in the dunes behind a number of fully grown banksias and even a pandanus palm had been hacked down with an axe and just left there. Blatant destruction which will eventually lead to the beach being totally closed to camping. Grow up, whoever is doing this."
Surfrider organisers will set up a base station near the last point of camping at Freshwater on May 2 ahead of their two-day clean-up.
Every bag of rubbish collected will be rewarded with a raffle ticket in a draw for a great range of prizes.
Participants will receive free vehicle access passes and subsidised ferry fares.
There will be a barbecue from 3pm on Saturday.