Keep Esperance Beautiful celebrate record clean up

The Keep Esperance Beautiful team have celebrated a record-breaking Clean Up Australia Day, with almost 50 attendees covering the 10 kilometres of coastline between West Beach and Bandy Creek.

The annual initiative celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, after the first clean up was founded by Ian Kiernan in Sydney in 1989.

The number of attendees was helped by the participation of the Esperance Christian Family Church, who took their bus with 13 children and three adults to participate in the national annual clean up event.

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Co-organiser Noel Fleming extended thanks to those who gave their time to the cause and to the local businesses that got onboard.

"I'd like to thank everyone that attended as it was a massive success and a special thank you to the regulars that always come along to help out," he said.

"I would also like to thank all of the businesses that got onboard by donating vouchers.

"I didn't anticipate the amount of young people who joined us today.

"I thought maybe eight or so but that busload was a bonus.

"I'll certainly be contacting them [the Esperance Christian Family Church] to see if they'd like to make this a regular occurrence.

"We need to get the children involved.

"It's vital that young people are engaged with this sort of thing because, ultimately, they are the ones who are going to bear the brunt of it.

"The awareness is starting to change things for the environment but it's going to take a while before we start getting on top of it. 

"Looking at what reducing plastic bags and plastic straws has already done for the environment already is great."

Mr Fleming is currently running a community initiative to educate people on the impact of ocean waste, filling an aquarium with microplastics to educate the public. 

"This is a community initiative, BJ's Fruit and Veg are onboard and have the jars that you can collect microplastics in and donate to the project," he said.

To get involved in the group, or to find out more about Keep Esperance Beautiful's monthly events, contact Noel Fleming on 0412279181.