Did you know? 

Last year, the Healthy Land and Water Clean Up Program removed over 115,000 items of litter from four rivers in South East Queensland.

  • Almost 45% of this litter was plastic
  • Food packaging and Styrofoam are also big offenders.  

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Grant Schemes 

Not-for-profit organisations Healthy Land and Water and Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation have joined together to fight the staggering amount of litter entering South East Queensland’s waterways and threatening marine wildlife. Through the Community Marine Debris Grant Scheme and the Waste Free Program, the organisations aim to tackle the issue of marine debris both at its source and at its end. 

Image: Surfrider Foundation - Sunshine Coast 

Community Marine Debris Grant 

This is the third year the two not-for-profit organisations have joined forces to offer a Community Marine Debris Grant. The grant supports catchment groups, schools, landholders and the general community to undertake on-ground waterway litter cleanup activities. Each successful applicant will receive up to $1,500. Each project is to be completed by 1 October 2016 and can be conducted in or near freshwater, brackish or marine waterways. Healthy Land and Water and Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation will assist in training the successful applicants in both data collection and reporting.

2016 Grant applications are now closed.

Zero Waste Grants Program

It has been estimated that around 80% of litter found in our rivers and oceans comes from a land-based source. The Zero Waste Grants Program provides financial support for schools to undertake projects that focus on eliminating waste before it is even created, and aims to tackle the issue of litter in South East Queensland at its very source. Each successful applicant will receive up to $3,000 to complete their project. 

2016 Grant applications are now closed.

Past Grant Recipients 

Last year, 9 groups in South East Queensland received grants and collectively removed over 15,000 items of litter, including plastic bottles, bags and cigarette butts. This does not include an additional 36km of discarded fishing line that was collected. Healthy Waterways and Sea World Research & Rescue acknowledge the following groups for their efforts:   


Impact of plastic litter 

Plastic pollution impacts on the community’s use of waterways, polluting natural areas which support our recreation and tourism industries. Wildlife entanglement or ingestion of litter can cause drowning, suffocation, strangulation, starvation and lethal wounds or physical deformities.

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Grant recipients say... 

“The ability to share information with the public, raising awareness of marine debris, pollution and keeping our river systems healthy. We can promote the work we do and encourage volunteering via local environmental projects like this.”

- Noosa Integrated Catchment Association


Grant recipients say... 

“What better way to get communities working as one, than to take them to the beach to make a cleaner, better place for our wildlife, all the while increasing awareness of the importance of caring for our ocean and its shores and finding a balance between the impact on the land in pursuit of recreational enjoyment and protection of wildlife habitat.”

- Noosa & District Landcare Group