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Make a difference and clean your favourite riverside spot

Perth’s river users have a chance to make a difference in the Swan Canning Riverpark and make a serious dent on the tonnes of rubbish and discarded fishing waste finding its way into the iconic waterway.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is encouraging Perth’s residents to head down to their favourite riverside location on 18-24 January and take part in a ‘before and after’ clean up.

It calls on the community to take a photograph pre and post clean up at a spot they value to highlight the difference a little effort can make.

Community Engagement Program manager Jason Menzies said the simple act of picking up rubbish and discarded fishing waste had a positive impact on river health and the welfare of Riverpark wildlife.

“Each year, Parks and Wildlife staff remove tonnes of rubbish from our waterways, including more than four tonnes last financial year,” Mr Menzies said.

“The rubbish included things like white goods, tyres, shopping trollies, building rubble, plastic and fishing waste such as bait bags, hooks and the big nature killer, fishing line.”

Mr Menzies said Parks and Wildlife’s ‘Reel it in’ fishing line bin program was making a positive impact on reducing discarded fishing waste and the planned clean up provided the community an opportunity to build on these results.

“In the last 12 months, we have removed more than 14km of fishing line, 2379 hooks and sinkers, 2048 bait bags and 286 other fishing recreational items,” Mr Menzies said.

“This is a great result but sadly we are still getting serious entanglements in our river and recently, two of the three dolphin calves born this year were tangled in fishing line.

“One managed to free itself but it was one of the lucky ones because discarded fishing line can and usually does kill wildlife once they become entangled”.

Participating residents can collect gloves and rubbish bags from riverside councils from 11 January and share their before and after images to the River Guardians Facebook page or email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the hashtag #cleanourrivers.

 

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