Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Recently students from the Coodanup Clontarf Academy got their hands dirty conducting a beach clean-up at Doodies Beach in Halls Head.

It was a rainy day but the students got out there and managed to collect a bunch of microplastics and rubbish that had washed up on the shore and made its way onto the grassed areas along the beach front.

City of Mandurah Environmental Office Tarnee Rutherford provided the students with an introduction to microplastics and their dangerous impacts on marine life – including the turtles and fish that call Mandurah Home.

“I love this story because it mixes two things I am passionate about,” said Mandurah Mayor, Rhys Williams.

“This City is committed to ridding our beautiful environment of plastics, which is why we have banned single use plastics at the City of Mandurah,” he said.

“I am also really happy that we have been able to support our young people at the Coodanup Clontarf Academy, who in turn are contributing in a really positive way to our community, “he said.

The academy will be getting involved in more activities to help the environment according to Academy Operation Officer Kevin Dalgetty.

“The Clontarf students wanted to give back to their community,” said Mr Dalgetty.

“The Clontarf Foundation Exists to improve the education, discipline, self-Esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society,” he said.