Coastal Scavenger dads have Australian coastline in their sights

A GROUP of Redlands dads with more than 30 years experience in the marine industry have joined forces to clean-up the environment for the next generation.

The Coastal Scavengers, as the three fathers are known, give up their spare time to collect rubbish from local waterways.

They have started out small, completing some clean-ups in a borrowed tinnie, but have bold ambitions for the future.

Director Brad Farrimond said their ultimate goal was to clean every coastline, island, river and reef in Australia.

"The plan is to get down and dirty and pick the rubbish up that needs to be picked up," he said.

Farrimond, Cody Hislop and Steven Cox dipped into their own pockets to buy licenses and gear to start Coastal Scavengers.

NO ROOM FOR WASTE: The Coastal Scavengers pull a mobility scooter out of a Capalaba creek. Photo: supplied

NO ROOM FOR WASTE: The Coastal Scavengers pull a mobility scooter out of a Capalaba creek. Photo: supplied

They take to the water about once a fortnight but have plans to go full-time and bring volunteers on-board once they secure insurance.

"We all work full time, so it's kind of whenever we can make it work," Farrimond said.

"In the last four weeks we have probably gone out half a dozen times."

Mr Farrimond, who lives at Redland Bay but spent about 10 years on Russell Island, said Mr Cox pitched him the idea and he liked it straight away.

"I said 'man, honestly, that is one of the greatest ideas I have ever heard'," he said.

"It has sort of just snowballed from there.

ON THE WATER: Three Redlands dads have formed the Coastal Scavengers. Photo: supplied

ON THE WATER: Three Redlands dads have formed the Coastal Scavengers. Photo: supplied

"My personal feelings as to why I like the idea so much is because I have a couple of small kids and I want them to grow up in a well-maintained country.

"We all work in the marine industry, so clean waterways is something we are passionate about."

Cr Adelia Berridge said she met the team when they were collecting rubbish from the Thornlands foreshore and was immediately impressed.

"Their vision is long sighted for theirs and our children's future," she said.

"These three are mind shifters. They need to find gaps no one's working on and find the team to get them through it."

The team has also ventured out of the Redlands to collect rubbish at Bribie Island and the Logan River.

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