The City of Cockburn is committed to reducing marine debris across its entire coastline to protect our ocean ecosystem. A number of projects are currently underway to prevent litter and encourage its removal:
In January 2019, the City installed Western Australia's first Seabin at the Port Coogee Marina (northern corner, close to Dome Cafe) to capture marine litter in the local area. The Seabin is a floating rubbish bin designed to be installed in the water of marinas, yacht clubs and ports.
The Seabin can catch an estimated 1.5kg of floating rubbish per day, including coffee cups, plastic bottles, bait bags, cigarette butts, straws, balloons and micro-plastics that are only 2mm in size. The Seabin also collects detergents, fuels and oils.
Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin. The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly. The City will be monitoring the amount and type of litter collected and feeding this data into the Seabin Global Ambassador Program.
For more information about the Seabin, visit the Seabin website opens in a new window
The City has been working closely with the Port Coogee Community Association and Coogee Beach Progress Association to address litter along the coastline. One outcome of this work will be a trial of bins on the beach, from Coogee Beach Surf Lifesaving Club to the south and the Omeo Shipwreck to the north. These bins will be emptied by a council officer on an all-terrain vehicle 4 days per week between 1 December 2019 and 29 February 2020. The results of the trial will be presented to Council for consideration of continuing the trial and extending across the entire coastline.
Thanks to the generous support of Keep Australia Beautiful WA opens in a new window
, the City of Cockburn will be launching its Clean Ocean Cuppas program on 1 December 2019 in collaboration with a number of coastal cafes. The following cafes will provide a free coffee or soft drink (offer will vary by cafe) to anybody who collects a bucket of litter from the beach:
- Beachpoint Cafe
- Bistro 21
- Caffissimo Port Coogee
- Coogee Beach Cafe
- CRU Health + Juice Bar
- Dome Port Coogee
- Surfing Lizard Cafe
- Woodman Point Beach Kiosk
Loyalty cards will be available and the person who collects the most free coffees will win a $100 gift voucher to the participating cafe of their choice. Competition terms and conditions can be downloaded below.
Take 3 for the Sea opens in a new window
is a national campaign encouraging you to take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or...anywhere. The City will be running a selfie competition from 1 December 2019 to 9 March 2020 - simply post a picture of yourself with your three pieces of litter, tag #take3fortheseacockburn and be in with a chance of winning a 2 night trip for 4 to Rottnest Island. Competition terms and conditions can be downloaded below.