HMAS Cairns helps waterway clean-up

Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author), POPTI Kristian Weldon (photographer)

Location(s): Cairns

Topic(s): HMAS Cairns, Community Engagement

Officers and sailors from HMAS Cairns took to kayaks to help clear Cairns waterways from rubbish during the Great Northern Cleanup. (photo: POPTI Kristian Weldon)
Officers and sailors from HMAS Cairns took to kayaks to help clear Cairns waterways from rubbish during the Great Northern Cleanup.

Navy initiative and community spirit was on display in Far North Queensland as personnel from HMAS Cairns took to the water in kayaks to contribute to the ‘Great Northern Clean Up’ (GNCU), a preservation program for the regional environment.

A group of twelve officers and sailors from the base kayaked from the HMAS Cairns boat ramp to the Cairns esplanade. The team covered a large area between the sites and cleared both sides of the inlet. The kayak teams filled many a bag of rubbish reducing the stream of rubbish littering the inlet shore and waterway.

The kayaking event for the GNCU was a positive demonstration of Navy’s commitment to the region and the environment. It was also a great way for the public to view personnel from the local base working on the inlet in watercraft much smaller than the usual Navy Patrol Boats and Survey Vessels.

For Lieutenant Danielle Britton, the Navy Community Engagement Regional Coordinator, the event was a terrific success.

“This is the second year we have done a clean-up of Trinity Inlet and it was great to see far less rubbish this year compared to last,” said LEUT Britton.

Building upon the positive reaction amongst ship’s company to support local engagement such as the GNCU, an increase in scale is planned for 2019.

“We are always looking for environmentally conscious ways to get our personnel out in the community and the GNCU is an excellent way to achieve this every year.” said LEUT Britton.

“In future years it may be possible to conduct a beach clean-up under the same banner but with a larger Navy contingent.”