Take 3 Receives Funding Boost

An environmental initiative that aims to help reduce the amount of litter on the state’s beaches has been given a funding boost.

NSW Environment Minister and Member of Pittwater Rob Stokes joined Take 3’s Tim Silverwood and Sarah Beard at Umina Beach last Thursday 12 March to launch the grant from Ministers Conservation Fund.

This $5000 of additional funding will be used to purchase clean up kit materials, collection bags, buckets, gloves, sharps containers to provide to participating clubs for their beach clean ups as well as Take 3 will provide participating clubs with a Project Banner which will show that their clubs has joined in the initiative and actively taking on a role to reduce marine debris on their beach.

The TAKE 3 Surf Club Initiative is a three year initiative partly funded by the NSW Government Environment Trust. The Surf Clubs Initiative, works with Surf Clubs around NSW to educate clubs and their members about marine debris, spread the TAKE 3 message and inspire the broader community to become active in reducing litter, waste and plastic pollution that is so detrimental to our coastal and marine environment.

The 'TAKE 3' message is simple: TAKE 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or... anywhere and you have made a difference.

Minister Stokes said he was pleased to help contribute to the cause.

“Surf clubs are the heart of a community, and if we want to change behaviours about litter behaviour than the club is the logical place to start to help get the message through,” Mr Stokes said.

“As a surf life saver myself, one of the risks that all us need to manage when we are patrolling the beach is dangerous litter items.

“Australians are very passionate about the Marine Environment, and this is a great way to empower them. That’s is why it’s so important to have programs such as these that focus on litter reduction,” he said.

Wed 18 Mar 2015