14 July 2017
Many Cape York Peninsula (CYP) communities are growing in size, receiving increasing numbers of visitors, and dealing with increasing marine debris washing up on their beaches. A Northern Hub project investigated municipal waste and marine debris management issues in three communities.
Project leader Melissa George from the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance affirms the report findings that whilst each community faces unique local challenges, there are shared issues including under-resourced municipal waste management, problems of compliance with regulatory requirements, increasing retail and wholesale packaging and illegal dumping. Lead research group, the Regional Advisory & Innovation Network (RAIN) Pty Ltd report that there is presently no coordinated recycling industry presence in the CYP region, and only minimal local recycling takes place.
Despite these challenges, clean-up efforts by the three communities have substantially reduced the amount of beach debris. More than 700 volunteers in these communities have removed almost half a million tonnes of debris. Ongoing efforts like this significantly cut down on the amount of rubbish on beaches.
“Our research highlighted areas of best practice and innovation, and found that real opportunities exist for a networked regional recycling effort,” concludes project researcher Ellie Bock from RAIN. “This would reduce local waste, generate new or repurposed resources and create new remote jobs and enterprises, through strategic longer term investments to enhance the capacity of remote community rangers and their partners”.
A 3D model of WA’s Fitzroy River catchment is supporting knowledge sharing and decision-making about country by Traditional Owners. Construction of […]
The Northern Australia Food Futures Conference was hosted by NT Farmers in Darwin this week. With a theme of ‘Science […]
WA’s Fitzroy River catchment is recognised for its outstanding natural and cultural heritage, but perhaps less so for its significant […]
Our Northern Hub Newsletter highlights what's going on in our research projects across northern Australia. It includes latest findings, what's coming up and what this all means for sustainable development and land and water management in the region.
The North Australia News Roundup is an informal monthly collation of news relevant to developing northern Australia. It aims to facilitate cross-sector and cross-region knowledge sharing, and more informed conversations and decisions about the future of the region!
Want to know more about Hub activities and the development of northern Australia? Stay informed of activities, research, publications, events and more through the North Australia News Roundup and Hub Newsletter.