Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Clean Up - and Don't Forget Your Toothbrush

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Clean Up - and Don't Forget Your Toothbrush

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Byline: Averyll Loft

Glow sticks, toothbrushes, a dying turtle bound with rope - Jennifer Parkhurst never knows what she's going to find while picking up rubbish on Fraser Island.

For the past four years the Rainbow Beach woman has voluntarily visited the island daily to clean up and photograph the dingoes.

It was in the early days that she noticed there was a huge amount of rubbish on the beach, especially in the creeks and eastern side of the island.

On Wednesday alone Ms Parkhurst picked up 17 bags of rubbish from a 100-metre stretch of beach.

"When I have the resources I can clean the entire beach but in a matter of three weeks it will be filthy again," she said.

"It's an ongoing problem. I need all the help I can get."

Ms Parkhurst's beach clean-up program is self-funded but because of the rising cost of living it means she can only maintain the first 18 kilometres of beach from Hook Point.

"I did have sponsorship in the way of fuel subsidies when I started but it's dropped off. …

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