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Aussie Kids Turning The Tide.
 
A group of young people in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
who get together to plan environmental activities and how to get others involved.
 
For further details see:
http://www.aussiekidsturningthetide.com/ 
 
 
Aussie Kids Turning the Tide is a group of young people in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia who get together once a week to plan environmental activities and how to get others involved.

Gladstone is home to the world's largest alumina plant, the State's largest power station, the State's busiest port and has Australia's largest aluminium smelter.There are many environmental issues that arise on a daily basis. The feeling that they couldn’t solve all the problems disheartened their friendship group at school. The daily issues of oil spills, coal dust, chemical fall out and marine waste had become an issue for them all. It was evident that they could not solve the bigger problems that Gladstone encounters so they decided to start small, taking one small step. They became hearted by some of their friends’ attitudes towards this.
Many lunchtime friends joined them to plant trees and create green zones in this town. 

They have recently installed irrigation, planted and mulched trees with Conservation Volunteers Australia to create a green buffer zone between a school and a busy railway yard. Another of their projects has been to join forces with Toad Busters and increase their weekly participation rate. Each week they challenge each other to ‘bring a friend’, to find someone new to take along. 

The cane toad, Bufo marinus, was introduced to Australia by the sugar cane industry to control the sugar cane beetle in June 1935. This scheme was unsuccessful, but the imported cane toad adapted well to the Australian environment it is today spreading at a rate of 30 – 50 kilometres per year. Cane Toads are an environmental tragedy eating a very wide range of animals, including small native vertebrates and invertebrates. They have very few predators because they are toxic to most animals that try to eat them. Cane toads are taking over our waterways, eating our native wildlife and endangering the natural balance of the fragile Australia wetlands ecosystem. 

So on a weekly or fortnightly basis they all gather at Reg Tanna Park to humanely collect and dispose of this poisonous amphibian. At present they are planning a clean up day on Quoin Island. As Gladstone is an industrial city, many ships arrive and depart daily. A lot of waste is washed off these ships and ends up in their harbour and on the surrounding islands. Quoin is a small but important island in the Gladstone Harbour that they are planning to circumnavigate to clean up. Once a year Gladstone holds an Eco Fest where all the large industries are encouraged to showcase just what they are doing to be environmentally aware.They are planning to hold a stall to get people to register on their website and to become better informed.