Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club have been declared community champions after engaging the most effective report illegal dumping (RID) message in the Shoalhaven.
The club was awarded $5,000 for their seven-week campaign at a ceremony at the Mayor’s Chambers on Wednesday, December 14.
Mollymook’s RID coordinator Monica Mudge said the funding will be well-received.
“It is such a positive for our club,” she said.
“We will be buying equipment that we need, that is important to the safety of our members and the community.”
Baby mannequins for CPR life-saving drills is one of the purchases waiting on the club’s shopping list.
So we can keep our beaches clean and protect what we love.- Mollymook RID Coordinator Monica Mudge.
Monica Mudge said the club promoted the RID message through social media and education to their nippers.
“We joined the initiative so we can keep our beaches clean and protect what we love,” she said.
“We have a beautiful environment that we want to keep for the kids that come each day and visitors that come and visit.”
The RID program was pioneered by council rangers with the aim to stop illegal rubbish disposal by educating the community at a grassroots level.
Shoalhaven City Council rangers team supervisor Wayne Clark said the program was a clear success.
“We are of the belief that educating the next generation is the best way to attack illegal dumping,” he said.
“Educating Mollymook’s young nippers about keeping their beach clean teaches them it is an unacceptable behaviour to dump rubbish.”
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