Victoria returned to COVIDSafe restriction settings on Friday 26 February 2021.
These restrictions allow Friends of the Prom to continue with its normal activities provided our volunteers take the normal Covid19 precautions like social distancing and carrying a mask. Outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 100 people.
Check with the DHHS website for the up to date list of CovidSafe restrictions.
Victorians are striving to resume their normal lives after a year dominated by Covid19 lockdowns and tight restrictions. The coronavirus threat has not disappeared, but we are learning to live our lives as normal as possible whilst still observing sensible Covid19 precautions.
Perhaps that is why there was such a strong turn-out for our annual beach clean on Saturday 27 February. This is the Friends of the Prom contribution to the national Clean Up Australia Day – we were a week early as the official day is Sunday 7 March.
48 volunteers spread out to scour the beaches for rubbish at Oberon Bay, Norman Bay, Squeaky Bay, Picnic Bay, Whisky Bay, Darby Beach and Cotters Beach as well as the Big Drift track.
Groups reported that the amount of rubbish was down on previous years. But they still found the usual array of discarded tissues, plastic bottles and containers. There is always at least one used baby’s nappy and a few unusual items – this year there was a gaff hook and a diver’s flipper.
Part of the activity is to sort the rubbish and record the data for Tangaroa Blue Foundation’s Australian Marine Debris Database.