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Posted on: 13 August, 2018

[ACTIVE] Placemaking initiatives raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution in the ocean

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Two of Council’s latest Placemaking initiatives are not only visually striking, but also send a strong message of environmental awareness when it comes to our marine life.

Featuring over 10,000 multi-coloured bottle caps, depicting the image of a trumpet along with the words ‘Clarion Call’ placed above the work, this new installation by local artist and environmental advocate Amber Countryman can be found inside the Hill St entrance of the Yeppoon Town Centre Car Park.

While not as direct in its message but still just as impressive, a life-size bronze-cast sea turtle created by local sculptor Brendon Tohill was also installed last week and can be found perched on a rock below the Yeppoon Beach Amphitheatre Stage Roof, aiming to surprise anyone who looks a little closer while taking in the view.

One of the region’s greatest assets is the fact that it is so easy to see turtles along the Capricorn Coast. But turtles are also one of the species most heavily impacted by discarded plastic, whether by consuming plastic bags that they mistake for jellyfish or becoming entangled in discarded nets and fishing line.
Amber, whose works have featured in several locations across the Capricorn Coast, said art was her way of raising awareness about the damage plastic pollution is doing to our planet.

“A Clarion Call is a call to action, a strong and emotional appeal to people to do something, and in this case it’s to start reducing our impact on the ocean by saying no more to plastic,” Amber said.

“Mass production of everyday plastic products only began in the 1950s. Unfortunately, a lot of it is still around in the form of trash and more and more is finding its way into the world’s oceans, with dire consequences for the oceans and us. Over eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year, an amount estimated to quadruple by 2050 if we don’t start doing things differently. By some estimates there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.

“This problem affects most of us and as a community we need to do more to reduce our environmental impact now and into the future.”

Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said our region is home to stunning coastlines and pristine natural environments, but plastic pollution remained a threat.

“The Capricorn Coast is not immune to plastic pollution and it is everybody’s responsibility to work towards reducing our environmental footprint by making small changes that become part of the overall solution in order to improve the long-term outlook for the ocean,” Cr Hutton said.

“Council has several long-term environmentally focussed programmes and initiatives in place to help promote sustainability within our Shire such as the Reef Guardian Council Programme, QCoast2100, Habitat Stepping Stones, Marine Debris initiatives, reducing Council’s carbon footprint and effectively responding to climate change. Council continues to explore options for new and innovative ways to introduce sustainability principles within Council and our community.”

For more information on Council’s environmental initiatives, please visit http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/140/Environment

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