Tackling marine debris & litter at the source – workshop invitations!

You are invited to participate in an exciting project to tackle marine debris & litter at the source.

As a leading expert in addressing the marine debris issue, Tangaroa Blue Foundation is coordinating Source Reduction Plan workshops in seven council regions around Port Phillip Bay in 2017 (see more details below).

Cleaning up areas like beaches, waterways, streets and parks is essential to reduce the impacts of marine debris & litter, but this is only a Band-Aid approach to what has become a major environmental issue worldwide. “If all we do is clean-up, that’s all we’ll ever do” – Heidi Taylor, Tangaroa Blue Foundation. The only way of making a real change is analysing where the litter & debris comes from, and finding ways of stopping it ending up in our ocean and rivers in the first place – a Source Reduction Plan.

Join us in 2017 to help find ways to stop the flow of rubbish into Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River. The hands-on workshops will include:

  • An introduction to the framework for developing a Source Reduction Plan
  • A summary of the top items/groups of items being found in each of the seven council areas (collated from the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database, other local data sources, photos and local knowledge)
  • Overview of the location and effort of clean-up activities
  • Overview of the existing capacity and partnerships in each council region helping to address the marine debris & litter issue
  • The latest news and approaches of tackling the marine debris issue using examples from around Australia and the world
  • Using a partnership approach to develop a Source Reduction Plan for each of the seven council regions.

We are looking for a range of people to participate in the workshops such as representation from different levels of government, clean-up groups, the education sector, environmental organisations, community groups or interested individuals, schools, businesses, associations or industry.

The Source Reduction Plan workshops in 2017 are:

Bayside City Council, 17 February

City of Melbourne, 20 February

Wyndham City Council, 22 February

Hobson Bay City Council, 24 February

Kingston City Council, 6 March

City of Greater Geelong, 8 March

City of Port Phillip, 10 March

Registrations are now open and it’s free to participate. Workshops will run from 9am -1pm followed by a networking lunch. If you would like to participate in multiple workshops, you are welcome to do so.

To see more details about the events and register, please follow this link to Eventbrite. If for some reason you cannot register via Eventbrite, please contact cluder@sustain-n-able.com to arrange for an alternate registration method.

We appreciate your support passing this invitation to your networks including via social media, to encourage diverse participation of stakeholders at the workshops.

Once you have registered, Tangaroa Blue Foundation will be in touch to provide you with more information. Registration closes 6pm, 13 January 2017.

Kind regards,

Carolyn Luder

Project Manager

Tangaroa Blue Foundation