WORLD Champion Aussie skateboarders Sam Sutton and Poppy Starr Olsen recently performed their tricks at Medowie Skate Park in support of the anti-litter message.
The project was a collaboration between Hunter Councils, Port Stephens Council, Take-3, the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Medowie Public School.
A mix of litter reduction strategies including improved signage, enforcement and community education are currently being used to target litter prevention at the Medowie Skate Park.
The event was combined with a schools clean-up attended by Medowie Primary School pupils and teachers as well as Take-3 volunteers.
Port Stephens Council’s Waste Compliance and Strategy Coordinator, Nicholas Jones, said that this is a great opportunity to work together with the local community in litter reduction.
“Our data shows the main problem waste at this site is beverage containers like bottles and cans, which is consistent with what we know about litter across NSW.”
Hunter Councils Waste Program Manager, Michael Neville, said, “Hunter Councils is working closely with both councils and the community to prevent litter at recreational parks across the region.
“Our members are really excited by the innovative approach being shown to anti-littering through the participation of local schools, Take-3 and some really great Aussie skaters.”
Take 3’s Co-Founder Amanda Marechal told News Of The Area, “We are so happy to have had high profile skaters Sam Sutton and Poppy Starr as Ambassadors in support of this event.”
A skateboard was presented on the day to Medowie Public School to be used as a reward for an in-school challenge as well as a water bottle and tshirt.
“We have also provided another top of the range skateboard, issued to Hunter Councils, to be used in a “snap to it” campaign, in another initiative to help keep Medowie Skate Park clean,” Amanda Marechal said.
To enter, simply go to Medowie Skate Park, pick up three pieces of rubbish, take a photo and hashtag it as #Medowie Skate park and #take3forthesea and upload it to the Instagram page “take3forthesea”.
The winner will be announced 30 August.
By Jewell DRURY