THE Great Lakes is preparing to welcome the "Talking Trash" Tour when the 38-foot SV Moana berths in Cape Hawke Harbour, bringing a series of free activities to help residents take local action on marine debris and waste.
Great Lakes Council and the Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority are hosting the visit this week which will be conducted by the Take 3 and Ocean Ambassadors groups.
The visit will include a movie night, a beach clean-up event and a tour of the S.V. Moana.
"All local residents and visitors to Forster Tuncurry are invited to join us for these events,"Council's environmental officer Isabelle Strachan said.
Tim Silverwood, co-founder of Take 3 said the tour was about visiting coastal communities to ignite conversation about waste and pollution and showcase how we can all make a positive difference.
"We want people to come to our events, learn more about the problem, be inspired by our stories, discover exciting solutions and walk away feeling like they can contribute in their own way to making it 'better'," Mr Silverwood said.
The tour will host a free screening of the docu-feature TRASHED, which takes starring actor, Jeremy Irons, on a global tour of once pristine destinations that are now tainted by pollution.
This award winning film is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow, and from horror to hope. British filmmaker, Candida Brady's narrative is vividly propelled by an original score by academy award winning composer, Vangelis.
TRASHED will be screened on Thursday January 23 at the Forster Library from 7pm, with an introduction and discussion by environmentalist, Tim Silverwood (Take 3) and Adrian Midwood (Ocean Ambassadors).
On Friday January 24, the tour will conduct a beach clean-up at Tuncurry Beach, meeting at the Rockpool car park at 8:30am.
"Although we live in a beautiful and very scenic part of Australia, people are often unaware of just how much rubbish is washed up on our beaches every day. The beach clean-up is an opportunity for local people to make positive change at their favourite beaches, and learn how insidious plastic pollution has become in the marine environment" said Isabelle Strachan.
Following the beach clean-up, participants are invited to take a look inside the glorious SV Moana, a completely self-contained sustainable vessel that has been used to educate communities throughout the South Pacific over the last few years.
Captain Adrian Midwood will demonstrate the on-board convergence machine that converts marine debris into alternative fuel.
All events are free of charge and are suitable for ages 8-100.
For more information, contact Isabelle Strachan at Great Lakes Council on 6591 7301.