The ship’s company of a Royal Australian Navy base south of Sydney have joined forces with the community to clean up a local national park and maintain its beauty.
Located in the picturesque sourrounds of Jervis Bay, HMAS Creswell is situated within the Booderee National Park, which attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year, particularly during summer
The clean up effort was conducted as part of the Keep Booderee Beautiful campaign launched by Parks Australia on in December 2017.
Royal Australian Navy personnel from Creswell joined in the clean up effort alongside representatives from Parks Australia, the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council, Australian Federal Police, and local primary school.
Increasing amounts of rubbish found in the park in previous years has had a negative impact on the local wildlife, which were also affected by recent bushfires.
While searching for rubbish along the shoreline of Jervis Bay, Creswell personnel used the clean up as an additional opportunity to conduct physical training and walked the 3 kilometre stretch of beach to reach the Green Patch day use area.
Efforts were well rewarded with a barbecue lunch before the walk back to base.
A long-time resident of the Shoalhaven area, and Executive Officer of Creswell Commander Nyree Cornelius led the Navy’s clean up efforts on the day.
“Not only does this combined clean up effort better the local environment, it also provides an opportunity for Creswell staff to engage and strengthen ties with the local community,” she said.
“It is great to see the community pulling together to keep Booderee beautiful.”
For more information on the Keep Booderee Beautiful campaign visit http://regional.gov.au