Levy’s Beach to the Cutting Beach Clean collects more than 100kg of rubbish

Ropes, cable, inner soles, socks, cray pots and plastic water bottles.

It sounds like a fishing trip shopping list but this is a snapshot of the items that beach lovers uncovered in their quest to clean up a fraction of south-west shoreline on Saturday.

Volunteers from all walks of life scoured six-and-a-half kilometres of sand in the Belfast Coastal Reserve as part of the ‘Levy’s Beach to the Cutting Beach Clean’.

The group filled a combined 30 collection bags, weighing up to 100 kilograms.

The four-hour undertaking was the brainchild of Warrnambool City Council’s Matt King, who said the event was successful, despite lower than expected numbers.

“Numbers were down a bit but we understand that people are busy at this time of year. I think the main thing is that people are thinking about the cause.”

Despite its relatively shipshape appearance, Mr King said the beach hid a lot more debris within its surface.

“The beach was pretty clean but we haven’t had storm action yet,” he said. “There’ll be a lot more rubbish washed up when the tides change.”

Mr King said the beach clean would be followed by similar events.

“We’ll be hosting the film ‘Blue’ at 6.30 on February 21 so people can get a good idea of what we’re trying to achieve here, and we’ll be incorporating schools over March.”

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