One morning at Pallarenda

walkers on the beach, with rubbish bags.
Beach clean-up at Pallarenda

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.

tents in the Pallarenda park
Celebrate the Sea – late morning, after many participants had drifted off
audience on the grass outside an open tent
The Hands On Wildlife presentation, here with a baby croc, drew a crowd
workers under a tree with rubbish bags
Meanwhile, workers behind the scenes sorted the rubbish

Congratulations to the organisers, NQ Dry Tropics (FB:

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