Summer is here, baby! Get ready for sand between toes, salty hair, cold drinks, BBQ smells and sticky ice cream. It’s the time when our coastlines heave with crowds seeking cool relief in the ocean.
Our world-renowned beautiful beaches attract millions of visitors each year, mostly in summer. Bondi Beach alone sees more than one million visitors annually. We’re also a coast-loving nation, with more than 8 in 10 Australians living within 50 kilometres of our shore.
So, it’s vital we manage our love for the ocean in ways that minimise local impacts, and also support the health of our marine wilderness on our doorstep.
Whether you’re a tourist or a local, there are simple ways to care of our coast, whilst also getting stuck into all the good stuff on offer.
- Bin it, don’t swim in it
Sadly, rubbish left in our parks, streets and beaches can end up in our waterways and harm wildlife. Please bin it. Even better, reduce rubbish in the first place, by avoiding disposable items such as napkins and containers. Use reusable coffee cups, bags and bottles. Find out more
- Choose sustainable seafood
Give fish a chance, and sustainable seafood suppliers your money! Look out for the blue Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) label on all seafood products. By buying fish from sustainable fisheries, you’re encouraging more retailers to stock sustainably-sourced seafood and more fisheries to improve and become certified.
- Help our bushland
Waverley Council cares for 5.8 hectares of remnant vegetation (translation: precious native plants worth nurturing!) scattered in patches along our coastline. You can volunteer to join one of six Waverley Bushcare groups to help keep our bushland thriving. Get your hands dirty outdoors with breathtaking views.
- Help keep pollution out of our drains
We can all play a part in reducing pollution going into our waterways via drains with 5 simple rules: (1) Don't pour paint down the drain (2) Sweep gutters and driveways rather than hosing them down (3) Keep car wash detergents and fertilizers out of our drains (4) Scoop up your dog's poo before it gets washed away (5) Put rubbish in the bin (including cigarette butts).
- Get festive and learn more!
Join in the fun at the Ocean Lovers Festival at the Bondi Pavilion and Bondi Beach from 19-22 March. Be sure to check out the Free Climate Change Forum with experts talking about climate impacts on oceans and local coastal environments, and solutions.
- Respect the surf
Always swim between the red and yellow flags and follow Lifeguards’ instructions at all times. The most important thing to do if you’re caught in a rip is to not panic. If lifeguards are on patrol, raise your hand in the air to indicate that you need help. Float with the current, don’t try to swim against it. Once the rip calms, stay calm and float towards breaking waves.
Join our local community making sustainability second nature, and pledge to take care of our coast.