Port Macquarie (NSW) *Spring Into Scavenge*
This year was our 5th Seaside Scavenge, which was super exciting! It was our first time hosting a Scavenge at Shelly Beach and it was fabulous! It was Shannon, Meegs, Rhi and my favourite Scavenge to date! The atmosphere and the energy of all who came was incredibly inspiring. We didn’t know how many people would come along, due to the limited parking at Shelly Beach. My heart was bursting with happiness watching the amount of people walking down the hill to Shelly beach from parking their cars up on the main road! We had 182 people participate and a mighty 280kg of trash was collected!!! Go the wonderful community of Port Macquarie.
The Scavenge fell on a picture perfect Sunday morning with the Ngarrgan-Mirriiyn choir from the Djiyagan Dhanbaan movement opening the Scavenge at 9am with a beautiful song in language and Welcome to Country. Soon after James Isaac picked up his guitar and WOW his fingers brought magic to our ears for the next two hours.
We had flocks of people checking into the event early so it was on from the get go. People collected their trash, sorted it and were in the markets buying second hand goodies, loafs of bread from Kate Caters and getting a discount of 50c of a coffee from Ground & Ground coffee with their tokens. (Ps a massive shout-out to the guy who lent us their generator to help power the Ground & Ground coffee van, you are amazing!)
The faces of children laughing and having a blast with amazing creatures painted on them as you could also use your tokens to get Henna tattoos, your face painted, to do screen printing or to make a real groovy flower crown. It seems as though the ocean creatures were also have a ball with a pod of dolphins surfing the crystal clear waves breaking at Shellys! It was really cool :)
Thankyou to the amazing team from Coastal Warriors who also joined us on the day to help us collect the data from the trash collected! People found Christmas trees and some really well made shovels that we later sold at the markets. Coastal Warriors also did a talk alongside local ocean activist Shalise who will be giving her first Tedtalk later this year and Rhi Simmons from The Tool Share. :)
Francesca Pl finished the day with an amazing acoustic set that really caught the chilled out vibe of the event.
From all of us at the Seaside Scavenge we really want to say a HUGE thank you to all those who came and cleaned up our beautiful waterways and to those who got sweating riding the bike powered generator. To the amazing volunteers (WE LOVE YOU) and to the amazing business’s who sponsored our real groovy prizes - Port Macquarie Surf School, Sea Acres National Park and The Tool Share. Thank you as well to the Port Macquarie/Hastings Councils for always supporting us!
Karen Fulton, Seaside Scavenge Port Macquarie Event Coordinator