Tamar NRM hosted the weeklong Catch it in the Catchment in the Tamar estuary catchment in November. The event draws attention to the impact of human activity on the network of streams, creeks, rivulets and the estuary itself. As well as removing rubbish from the Tamar estuary it provides an opportunity to deliver structured community education, identify rubbish Hot Spots, and highlight the positive impact community clean-up events can have on the overall quantity of the catchment area – many people doing a little bit in their patch to benefit the overall system.

Most of the clean-up sites are adjacent to local waterways, but not restricted to these areas as we know rubbish can make its way into catchments waterways via gutters, drains or be blown into creeks and rivers. This emphasis on the movement of rubbish through the catchment expands our clean-ups to school sites, parks, business premises and neighbourhoods not directly adjacent to waterways.

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Who was involved? This year, several groups supported the event for a second and third time and we welcomed new participants including Star of the Sea Primary School in George Town, St Thomas More’s Primary School, the Launceston Who Gives a Crap Buyers Group (WGAC), and Tasmanian Divers Group – having volunteers in the water added a new dimension to what it means to clean up in the catchment!

Special thanks to the three LGA’s – George Town Council, the City of Launceston Council and West Tamar Council who promoted the event and assisted with rubbish collection. Clean Up Australia is a major partner with this event, providing a dedicated website link for registrations as well as promotion of the event. Veolia, involved for the third year, provided bins for Launceston groups to dispose of their collected rubbish. Groups accessing this bin were able to empty their bags for reuse at other clean up events. The volunteers and local businesses supported the event and put their love of kanamaluka/Tamar Valley into action.

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