The weather was lovely, in a tropical kind of way, on Sunday and the beach clean-up and Celebrate the Sea festival went ahead as planned. I didn’t see all of it but all that I saw was relaxed, friendly and very well run. The clean-up, part of the Clean Up Australia Day programme, began early and teams at seven locations between Rowes Bay and Pallarenda collected bags of rubbish from the (already idyllic) beach. A preliminary guesstimate of the number involved was “in the hundreds”, which I thought was pretty good.
Most of them then spent a while at the Celebrate the Sea festival, buying a cold drink and a snack, browsing the stalls displaying the work of community groups, and giving the children some time on the playground equipment or with the entertainers – face-painting, music, etc. I picked up a lot of useful information from the stalls and I will pass some of it on through Green Path when time permits.