The Field family were inspired to start Coastal Waste Warriors in
December 2018 in memory of their daughter Amber Dawn who loved nature and our ocean. A children’s book written and illustrated by her Kindy teachers called ‘Amber Dawn Princess Warrior and the Dolphin Rescue’ about Amber saving a dolphin from fishing nets helped turn their family’s pain and loss of their beautiful girl into taking positive action together with their community to keep our waterways clean, inspiring others to care for the environment we live in.
Our first beach clean-up was held in January 2019 at Pyramids Beach where Amber’s story book is set and a favourite place where the Field family created many memories together with Amber.
It was attended by 50 volunteers and 75kg of litter was collected and was the start of Amber Dawn’s legacy to inspire our community to come together on a regular basis to keep our waterways clean in the Mandurah region.
Coastal Waste Warriors was incorporated into a not-for-profit organisation on the 29th July 2020 by a group of regular volunteers who formed a working group with the vision to acquire a dedicated Coastal Waste Warriors Clean-up trailer to store and transport our equipment in. From a small community group, we have grown into a much larger movement of volunteers dedicated to protecting our natural environment to keep our waterways and ocean clean.
Over the last 12 months we are proud to have worked with other local environmental groups to further educate and inspire our wider community. Some of these include participation in Wetland Weekender Pave the Way Clean up, Reel it In Tangaroa Blue Clean up and the Clean Waterways Video source reduction campaign. We continue to work on new initiatives and most recently have been awarded a City of Mandurah Re-start Community Grant to allow us to provide our members with additional Covid safety, training and a fit-for-purpose starter pack that they can use at our clean up events and for their own personal clean ups. These member packs also increase the safety of our members not having to use shared equipment.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers, community groups and sponsors for your contributions to Coastal Waste Warriors thus far, we are truly grateful for your ongoing support.
Our 2020-2021 Committee:
Chairperson: Kirstin Field
Vice Chairperson: Meena Wise
Secretary: Sarah Love
Treasurer: Danny Willmott
- Conserving our natural environment and marine life through organised clean up events.
- Connecting with the community, educating and raising awareness about the negative impacts of littering and plastic pollution on our natural environment and marine life through their participation in our clean-ups and other events.
- Collecting data about litter collected at our clean up events and inputting that data into an
appropriate database such as the Tangaroa Blue Australian Marine Debris Initiative database
(AMDI) to assist with source reduction initiatives and campaigns.
- Engaging, inspiring and educating the community on ways they can reduce waste by
following the sustainability principles including Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Rot
- Working in partnership with other related community groups to advance these objects