3rd Croydon Scout Group – Yarra River Litter removal project.
Working in partnership with Maroondah Council, Melbourne Water, Waterwatch and the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, 3rd Croydon Scouts are actively working to improve the health of the Yarra River.
Scouts from 3rd Croydon are taking to the river in canoes to seek out and remove litter, find ‘hotspots’ where litter accumulates after rains and to take samples of water to measure the health of the aquatic ecosystem.
3rd Croydon is targeting a local section of the Yarra from Wonga Park through to Warrandyte. This is a very popular stretch of the river and features many recreational areas including Wittons Reserve, Jumping creek Reserve, Mt Lofty Park and Warrandyte State Park.
The removal of accumulated litter and debris as well as the identification and reporting of river health issues in the area will be a positive contribution to the amenity and value of the Yarra for the entire community.
Group Leader-in-Charge Frank Courtney sees the project as a model for community organisations to obtain much needed support in building their capability for service delivery while also delivering positive community and environmental outcomes.
“Getting out and having adventures is a big part of what Scouting is all about, and the opportunity to combine a fun activity with learning new skills and looking after our Environment is a great way to serve the Local community. Partnering with other Groups and Organisations is a great way to reach your shared goals”
Scouts will learn and practice canoeing and safety skills while exploring the many beautiful locations along the River. Retrieved litter and materials will be disposed of and recycled appropriately. Scouts will also learn to sample and recognise the many aquatic invertebrates found in the River and use this information in supporting the Waterwatch program.
This project was funded through the Victorian Government’s Cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay Litter Hotspots Program.
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Leader in Charge 3rd Croydon Scout Group