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Fraser Island clean up

24/10/2014
Aldridge State High School students stepped up to do their bit to help the environment when they spent time on Fraser Island recently.
 
The students spent an hour each day for seven days picking up rubbish at various places along the eastern beach of Fraser Island.
 
The exercise highlighted the importance of conservation and looking after our world heritage parks.  Students learnt first-hand the importance of responsible waste disposal, both on the beach and out in the water.
 
Students were surprised by the amount of rubbish they found, predominantly including things like plastic bags, beer bottles, water bottles and fishing gear, which can have a fatal effect on marine wildlife.
 
Year 12 student Jessica Kirby said, ‘I know it sounds clichéd, but we really do need to conserve our environment for future generations.  Some people might think that the “little” bit of rubbish they drop or carelessly let blow away won’t matter, but everything adds up.’
 
‘The students realise it is such a privilege to have a World Heritage-listed site on our doorstep and to be able to enjoy its outstanding natural beauty,’ said teacher Ruth Graham. ‘I am so impressed by their positive attitude to the task.’