On the 29th of November, Plastic Free Byron was asked to attend a special Southern Cross School of Distance Education (SCSDE) event at South Ballina beach featuring dance group, The Deadly Bunarm’s, along with other community organisations. The Deadly Bunarms, translated as “The Deadly Brothers”, are a group of young men from the Lismore area who are currently in their last year of studies at the SCSDE and have been dancing together since they were kids. They pride themselves on keeping their Indigenous culture alive through dance. After their performance on the beach, everyone participated in a small marine debris survey near Ballina’s South Wall and discussed the problems of plastic pollution, threats to marine wildlife, some of the available solutions and what we can all do to help our oceans.  

Caitlin Weatherstone attended the event on behalf of Plastic Free Byron. The event was also attended by Australian Seabird Rescue, Positive Change for Marine Life, Byron Bay Surf Festival, Tangaroa Blue, NSW Parks and Wildlife as well as teachers and students from the school and film crew from New Soul Project.

This day was part of a wider project of Cross Current Collaborative between these local students and students on the other side of the world in Kodiak Island, Alaska. As part of the project, the students used technology to communicate and partake in cultural activities, as well as beach clean ups. The students discussed important global issues such as marine debris and culture.

Written by Caitlin Weatherstone