MEET “Ocky” our monster from the deep, who is part of an ongoing litter reduction campaign.
Made from 7000 bottle tops, this artwork made his debut at the Narooma Oyster Festival and is now playing a key role in a local environmental project.
Narooma Little Lake Landcare Group and Narooma Surf Life Saving Club jointly applied for community grant funding provided by Keep NSW Beautiful to reduce litter at the beach and foreshore.
The program provides education and resources to raise awareness and help reduce littering behaviour for locals and visitors alike and included issuing “Keep Narooma Beautiful” bin stickers for Narooma residents to place on their waste bins.
Cigarette litter is also a major problem, often not seen as litter, due to its size.
Ciccios Café, Narooma Surf Beach Caravan Park and the local tobacconist will soon have Eclipse Mints on offer to smokers and the tin can then be reused as a personal ashtray.
These special tins are branded “Legend for sticking your butt in here”.
Narooma High Students will also be participating in workshops using litter and marine debris to revamp a metal whale tail that will also be a litter prevention champion, community engagement and conversation piece.