Top marks for project pick-up


A load of rubbish: The clean-up crew in front of the 2nd Mornington Sea Scout hall are Flynn Beckley, Hamish Braden, Craig Millikin, Bev Colomb, Nathan Beckley, Jill McIver, Alyssa Beckley, Luca Constantinou, Thomas Ennis, Samuel Ennis and John Beckley at rear. Picture: Supplied

A SCHOOL project in which pupils choose a community problem and then decide on an action took Kunyung Primary School’s Nathan Beckley to the beach last week.

The grade sixer was on a mission: he enlisted the help of 18 family and friends and set about collecting litter – and boy there was a lot of it.

Nathan, 12, got the idea for his project: “Exhibition”, from a story in The News about the good work of a Dromana beach clean-up crew and thought the same could be done at Mothers and Shire Hall beaches, Mornington.

Nathan, a Cub at 2nd Mornington Sea Scouts, wrote: “My problem is the plastic waste being washed up on our beaches and entangling themselves in animals and rocks.”

He drew a poster with details about the clean-up and “got as many people to come as possible”.

In one hour the group collected 28kg of rubbish, including “lots of cigarette butts, pieces of glass, bottles and plastics – and even the end of a skateboard”.

The haul will be displayed as part of Nathan’s project at the school on Wednesday 1 November. “We will show a poster and a slide show of all the things we did in the clean-up, what help was provided and what the future needs are,” he said.

Beach Patrol Safety Beach/Dromana’s Gary Robertson and Judy Newland posted online: “What an amazing effort and a huge congratulations need to go to Nathan and his school for this initiative.”

The clean-ups will become a regular part of the Mornington BeachPatrol 3931 under Mornington Environment Association.

First published in the Mornington News – 31 October 2017


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