The Inaugural Coffs Coast Eco Surf Fest

The Woopi Seaside Scavenge was a part of the larger Coffs Coast Eco Surf Fest which was the first of its kind that the Coffs Harbour City Council has put on. The festival took place on Saturday the 19th of October. Seaside Scavenge was in the Woolgoolga beach reserve with other community groups such as Boomerang Bags, Sea Shepherd, Surfrider Foundation, and an array of local businesses who provided activities like the DIY Surf Wax Workshop, Surfboard Repairs, Groms Surf Comp and even a Surfboard Swap!

Overall 104 participants signed up to participate in the Seaside Scavenge and what we found was that Woolgoolga was a pretty clean town! We only cleaned up 58.1kg of litter from the area! We think this is due to the strong communitity in Woolgoolga who are active custodians of the land. Special mention to Jim who we heard was out there cleaning up the town with his dog on the daily!

56.8% of participants had never taken part in a beach clean up activity before which shows us that we are still managing to engage a new audience at the Scavenge.

In saying that 56.8% is a lot lower than the average 80% we are used to seeing which shows us that the Woopi community (and a good amount of other communities Seaside Scavenge has visited this year) is well on their way toward an environmentally friendly community as a whole!

Here are the prize winners for the Woopi Seaside Scavenge:

Most Litter picked up went to Carly with 538 pieces!

Most Cigarette Butts picked up went to Anna with 176 cigarette butts!

Most Straws went to Daniel with 7 straws!

Most Coffee Cups went to the Broomfields with 4 coffee cups!

Weirdest Item went to Serena with a bunch of flowers!

To everyone that participated, we hope you’re enjoying your new, yet pre-loved items purchased with your trash tokens! The second-hand market is a core element of the Scavenge, as it’s about reducing waste on all levels. HUGE thanks to all the people that donated their goods!

Seaside Scavenge wants to plant a seed of environmental nurturing in you. This involves thinking beyond waterway litter and focusing on litter prevention. In short - create less waste. Be creative and think of all the different ways you could cut down on your own consumption.

If you want to be more involved with what we do here at the Scavenge you can get in touch about organising a corporate workshop, school talks or university presentations. Here’s the link to contact us.

We love hearing from you. We’re always looking for volunteers & donations as well so please don’t be shy! Send us a message to find out more.

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Joshua Holliday