Fraser Island (K’gari) Clean Up 2019

Four Wheel Drive Queensland with support from the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science held the 19th Four Wheel Drive Queensland Fraser Island (K’gari) Clean Up on the 10th – 13th  of May 2019.

This year’s event had a total of 24 Four Wheel Drive Queensland affiliated clubs in attendance, 326 vehicles with a total of 754 volunteers, 599 adults and 155 children.

Over the course of 12 months prior to the event the 4WD QLD Fraser Island Clean Up sub committee which consisted of 11 volunteer members worked around the clock to deliver yet again another successful Fraser Island Clean Up. 

This year we continued to improve the event experience and implemented several changes in improving communication and to manage risk associated with the event. Some of the changes included:

  • Developed and implemented a new website www.ficu.org.au 
  • Developed and issued an event information guide which included all information relating to the event
  • Implemented mandatory personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements
  • Supply of sharps kits including training in sharps removal of all club trip leaders
  • Partnered with Fraser Coast Regional Council who supplied and arranged disposal of 3 x 15m3 skip bins for event waste collected 
  • Purchased reusable waste collection bags, general waste and recycling bags
  • Commenced transitioning to a plastic free event

This year volunteers cleaned 125km of the eastern beach, dunes and camp zones from Hook Point barge landing to Ngkala Rocks. This year at last minute due to unforeseen circumstances Ocean Crusaders did not attend this year’s event where Four Wheel Drive Queensland with the support of Tangaroa Blue continued to conduct a partial audit of the waste collected including capturing the total number of bags and the weight where this data is being recorded into the Australia Marine Debris Initiative database. This year a total of 1,259 bags of waste was collected weighing a total of 7,059kg which was 85kg more waste collected than what was collected in 2018. We removed the use of plastic bags for the purpose of waste collection and implemented the use of reusable biodegradable bags made from sugar cane as we commence transitioning to a plastic free event. Please refer to appendix A which details the detailed waste collected data.

40 volunteers were assigned the task of conducting weeding activities at Yidney Rocks and Burad Camp Zone. Unfortunately at last minute the weeding activity was cancelled without reason. We were notified of the cancellation on Thursday 9th of May, one day prior to the event which was challenging to communicate the changes to affected volunteers as many volunteers had already commenced making their way to K’gari or they were already on the Island along with the sub committee who had commenced event preparations. 

We implemented mandatory PPE for all volunteers this year along with sharps kits issued and training to club trip leaders. This year a total of 4 syringes were located which were safety removed. This year we are pleased to report that we did not have any accidents / injuries sustained during the clean up activities.

The event saw the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) provide a Welcome to Country at Yidney Rocks which allowed an opportunity for volunteers to learn more about the culture and history. QPWS provided a wealth of knowledge and information to volunteers at the event check in, thank you evening and across the event weekend. Volunteers and their families thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the Rangers and the interactive display which the children loved! Four Wheel Drive Queensland would like to continue to build our working relationships with Fraser Coast Regional Council, BAC and QPWS Rangers on K’gari to assist in track building and maintenance related activities across the Word Heritage Island. 

This year’s Four Wheel Drive Queensland Fraser Island (K’gari) Clean Up was a resounding success. Four Wheel Drive Queensland would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved at QPWS for their hard work and dedication to ensuring the success of the Four Wheel Drive Queensland Fraser Island (K’gari) Clean Up and the committee looks forward to continuing to work with QPWS into the future.

Detailed waste collected data

Plastic Items

 2019
(partial audit)
2018
Consumer ItemsCigarette butts & filters1,495 826
 Cigarette lighters262 741
 Pens, markers & other plastic stationery131 4,913
 Straws, confection sticks, cups, plates & cutlery3934,637 
 Toothbrushes, brushes & combs, hair ties498 1,697
 Toys, party poppers, ribbons, clips & similar891 2,397
Packaging ItemsBleach & cleaner bottles78 2,272
 Lids & tops, pump spray, flow restrictor & similar25,101 43,701
 Person care & pharmaceutical packaging2881,662 
 Plastic bags supermarket, garbage, ice1,075 2,175
 Plastic containers non food (oil, sealant, chemical)2,8061,977 
 Plastic drink bottles (water, juice, milk, soft drinks)13,927 6,442
 Plastic packaging food (wrap, packets, containers)9,337 4,898
 Plastic wrap non food (bubble wrap)314 1,362
 Strapping band scraps603 2,223
 Strapping band whole 577230 
Fishing ItemsBait & tackle bags & packaging288 605
 Bait containers & lids, bait savers236 533
 Commercial fishing remnants (float, pot, crate bits)9,547 844
 Cyalume glow sticks498 1,835
 Fishing line in metres (recreational)393m 2,368m
 Recreational fishing items (lures, floats, rods, reels)157946 
 Rope & net scraps less than 1 metre157 4,892
 Rope (estimate length in metres)10,049m 1,434m
RemnantsPlastic bits & pieces hard & solid40,471 131,350
 Plastic film remnants (bits of plastic bag, wrap etc)3,934 20,674
 Remnants burnt plastic183 617

Foamed Plastic (polystyrene) Items

 20192018
Foam buoys157 154
Foam cups, food packs & trays1,049 1,668
Foam insulation & packaging (whole & remnants)4,249 9,596

Other Materials

 20192018
Oil globules & tar-balls00
Sanitary (tissues, nappies, condoms, cotton buds)131 1,534
Shoes leather & fabric472 73

Glass & Ceramic Items

20192018
Fluorescent light tubes and bulbs419 160
Glass beer stubbies & pre mixed alcohol bottles1,127 1,468
Glass jars & sauce bottles209 414
Glass or ceramic broken367 4,211
Glass wine, spirit and similar bottles393 577

Cloth Items

20192018
Binding, thread, string & cord natural0 224
Cloth, clothing, hats & towels0 562

Metal Items

20192018
Aerosol cans104 235
Aluminium cans1,993 2,471
Foil wrappers, packets, bladders & alfoil52 4,382
Metal bottle caps, lids and pull tabs78 2,182
Metal fishing items (sinkers, lures, hooks, traps, pots)26 139
Tins under 4 litres (food, drink tins and similar)0 733

Paper & Cardboard Items

20192018
Newspaper, magazines & brochures183 158
Paper & cardboard packaging6,7931,487 
Tetra packs & drink cartons26 848

Rubber Items

20192018
Rubber balloons, balls & toys, elastic straps & bands2361,073 
Rubber footwear & thongs839 1,169
Rubber remnants157 696

Wood Items

20192018
Brooms, brushes & paint brushes26 69
Processed timber, pallets & other wood314244 
Wooden confection sticks, pencils, matches etc0 173

Unusual Items Found

Office laser toner cartridge
Used shotgun cartridge
Roof racks
Tyres
Car body
Boat
Satellite tracker for a fishing net
Syringes
Concrete block
Used fireworks approx. 4kg
Fraser Island Clean Up vehicles lining up