HMAS Moreton has once again donned protective gloves and high-vis vests to participate in Clean Up Australia Day 2019.
The men and women of Moreton picked up more trash than ever before, bagging just under 300kg of rubbish, including a discarded television, a crab pot and an unfathomable amount of cigarette butts.
The team set out early to rid the Bulimba foreshore and local parklands from rubbish, with the priority being the shore fronts.
This year, the ship’s company was able to take advantage of an exceptionally low tide and managed to retrieve many objects that were potential hazards to the Brisbane rivers marine life.
Event organiser, Chief Petty Officer Noleen Brennan said she was proud of the volunteers.
“It was a great turn out today and the team really put in and did a huge service to the environment, despite the heat they were working in,” Chief Petty Officer Brennan said.
After finding another discarded cigarette butt, Leading Seaman David Phillips said he felt it was important for Defence members to support events like Clean Up Australia Day.
“I love this event because any one of these (cigarette butts) poses an extreme hazard, not just to the environment, but to small children as well,” Leading Seaman Phillips said.
“We have thousands of people in the Australian Defence Force. Imagine if this was a mandatory activity, like annual awareness training,” he said.
The team at HMAS Moreton has vowed to continue participating in the event every year, in the hope that one day ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ won’t be necessary.