Three out of the five litter trackers that were launched at Maribyrnong Creek travelled into the Bay and landed at beaches and foreshores. The furthest distance travelled was 67.6 km. It is interesting to note that none of the four litter trackers that made their way into the Yarra were captured by the litter trap downstream in the Maribyrnong River. It took 3 days for one of the trackers to land at Mount Martha Foreshore from the mouth of the Yarra and 4 days for the other tracker to land at Safety Beach from the mouth of the Yarra. Some of the trackers travelled upstream and downstream of the Maribyrnong showing that the lower part of the Maribyrnong near the Yarra is influenced by tides. There are no visible litter traps in the lower of the Yarra, that the Maribyrnong River flows into, to capture any litter missed by the litter trap/s in the Maribyrnong. This shows that there is potential for litter entering the Maribyrnong River to travel into the Bay and onto our beaches.
Acknowledgement of country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer