Brick pollution

Bricks polluting the beaches and shoreline have been an issue at Little Bay, especially since a flood in the middle creek in February 1999 pushed a massive quantity onto the beach at the mouth of the creek and immediately to the south of it. The history of these deposits and the successful campaign to have them removed is documented in a series of blog posts:

Landcom’s cleanup started in the week commencing 20 July 2009.

The results of the initial cleanup were impressive and very pleasing, although further work was required using machinery with a finer sieve to remove small brick pieces, glass and most importantly, small, sharp-pointed pieces of metal.

Landcom undertook a second stage cleanup of the beach in October 2009 (see first pair of photos, taken 15 October). This cleanup was very thorough, using special equipment with finer sieves, and extending over eight days. The result is very impressive with a lot more bricks, brick fragments, rusty metal, glass and earthenware removed.

For acknowledgement of the various people and organisations who helped to make this happen, click here.

The following before and after photographs document the removal of the main deposit and deposits.

Initial cleanup – excavator loading dump truck

Initial cleanup – excavator loading dump truck

Initial cleanup – dump truck removing bricks via golf course

Initial cleanup – dump truck removing bricks via golf course

Second stage cleanup in progress

Second stage cleanup in progress

Second stage cleanup in progress

Second stage cleanup in progress

The main deposit was at the foot of the middle creek gully (centre of bay)

The main deposit was at the foot of the middle creek gully (centre of bay)

Site of main deposit after initial cleanup

Site of main deposit after initial cleanup

Bricks extended into and beyond the tideline and were dragged into the bay in all directions

Bricks extended into and beyond the tideline and were dragged into the bay in all directions

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Main deposit with top of southern deposit just visible at foot of cliff and slightly left of centre

Main deposit with top of southern deposit just visible at foot of cliff and slightly left of centre

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Main deposit at the tide line

Main deposit at the tide line

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Southern deposit

Southern deposit

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Southern deposit

Southern deposit

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Southern deposit

Southern deposit

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