Young and old join forces for annual Coolum Beach clean-up

The perfect backdrop of Coolum Main Beach was all the inspiration needed by those who turned up to take part in the third annual Coolum Beach clean-up run by Coolum Surf Club, Coolum and North Shore Coast Care, Dan Purdie MP and Gage Roads Brewery (pictured). The sun was shining on Saturday morning May 18, and the Coolum community which included many children was more than happy to pitch in and collect rubbish from along the beach and in the dunes. Photo: Vanessa Hall

IT WAS an absolutely stunning morning on Saturday, May 18 for the third annual Coolum Beach clean-up young and old happy to put on gloves and take a bag and pick up rubbish from along the coastline and in the dunes.  

Run in conjunction with Coolum and North Shore Coast Care, Dan Purdie MP, Coolum Surf Club and Gage Roads Brewery the morning saw a vast array of items collected including takeaway cups, cigarette butts and even a fry pan!  

Coolum Surf Club representative Isis said it was great that the sun was shining for the day and so many turned up.  

“We are so proud to be in our third year now and it’s great to see the community get behind such an important community event.”  

Sponsor Dan Purdie furthered those sentiments whilst looking after the BBQ which was provided for those on their return from collecting rubbish.   

“We have been blessed with the weather today and it’s good to see all of the locals come down and I think we just all really appreciate what we have here.  

“We have a beautiful beach here – and it’s one that we all must work hard to protect.” 

The morning was also made possible with help from the other major sponsor Gage Roads Brewery with representative Simon Micallef saying it was a pleasure to be involved.  

“The brewery is from WA, and they have done lots of things like this over there and I saw an opportunity to do something similar here.  

“With the Coolum Surf Club being a customer we were able to work with Coast Care and the community including the Surf Club to get this happening.”  

Remember though that every day is a beach clean-up and if you see something, pick it up and definitely take your rubbish home with you or place it into a bin when you leave the beach.   

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