The Wellington South Coast Clean-up is an annual event where people get together one day a year to clean-up the beach areas from Owhiro Bay to Breaker Bay. It is timed for the day of the Oceans Conservancy clean-up. On this day communities all around the world are undertaking clean-ups of coastlines to keep rubbish from entering the world’s oceans.
Wellingtonians are passionate about the south coast. There is a lot of great community work happening there on a regular basis. At different locations groups and individuals are involved in stewardship work like beach clean-ups, dune planting and penguin conservation. The first combined clean-up event in 2010 came from an idea after conversations and networking that we in the Wellington community could collectively make a difference. After the success of the first event the people involved agreed it would be great to make it an annual event.
This is a grass roots activity with aims to clear the coast of rubbish to prevent it from entering our seas, help reduce the occurrence of littering, and also simply to get together as a wider community.
The day is made possible by a team of representatives from 12 community groups. A coordinator facilitates the planning.
Wellington City Council provides assistance with clean-up gear like bags and gloves and arranges to take all the rubbish to the transfer station. Local sponsors help with funding of a sausage sizzle afterwards.
Volunteers from the public are invited to make this a many hands make light work job where people can meet each other and share a great hour out on the beautiful south coast.
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