Stripping Schoolies leave our famous beach a mess

A VETERINARY nurse has called on Year 12 school leavers to be more environmentally conscious in future after hundreds of socks, ties and shirts from their celebrations washed up on Mooloolaba Beach.

Samantha Dawe was on a walk close to the Mooloolah rivermouth on Tuesday when she noticed the torn garments washing up with seaweed.

She and a group of friends returned yesterday afternoon to clean up. They collected three garbage bags full of clothes, she said. "It looks disgusting on the beach. We wanted to get it before it washes back out," she said.

It's tradition at several Coast schools on the final day of Year 12 to run down to the beach and jump into the ocean. Hundreds took to Mooloolaba Beach on Friday to celebrate the end of their school days.

Samantha Dawe and Anita Elliston have been picking up discarded school clothes on Mooloolaba Beach after recent celebrations.
Samantha Dawe and Anita Elliston have been picking up discarded school clothes on Mooloolaba Beach after recent celebrations. Warren Lynam

Ms Dawe said she counted at least 50 pairs of socks, about 15 shirts and up to six ties.

"We've seen a couple of turtles swimming in that area. The shirts were all ripped and had plenty of holes they could get caught in," she said.

She said despite the mess she did not want to see Year 12 school leavers cancel the end-of-year tradition.

"I don't think they should stop doing that, but they should be more mindful on how much is left behind," she said. "The schools should be more mindful of how much damage it's causing. I'd like to see them give reminders to students in the future."


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