Clean-up yields 80 tyres

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Volunteers and Department of Conservation staff load up more than 80 tyres pulled from Lake Te Anau during the clean-up last week. Photo: Emma Paulin

TE ANAU’S lakeshore clean-up last Tuesday involved a tidy up above and below the water’s surface.

Department of Conservation community ranger Crystal Brindle said about 46 volunteers, from as far as Dunedin and Wellington, helped pull more than 80 tyres from Lake Te Anau.

The clean-up involved dive teams from Descend Scuba Diving New Zealand, Dive Otago, and Ghost Diving: Conservation, Education and Exploration, who worked all day in cold water to remove as much rubbish as possible.

The Kepler Water Taxi ferried volunteers to Brod Bay and Fiordland Jet volunteers conducted their own clean-up at Shallow Bay and Moturau on Lake Manapouri, where they collected plenty of rubbish including tables and chairs left to rot.

Fiordland College’s underwater pupil-built rover was in action and representatives from Kids Restore the Kepler were on hand to talk about freshwater sponges.

The clean-up was followed with an evening talk by Rob Wilson at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre auditorium.

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