Beach Patrol is an organised network of volunteer, community beach cleaning groups each originated under and proudly part of the Beach Patrol Movement in Melbourne, Australia. Each group is defined by its suburb, is comprised of residents of that suburb and is named according to the relevant post code. EG 3206 Beach Patrol (Middle and Albert Park), 3182 Beach Patrol (St Kilda), 3186 Beach Patrol (Brighton) and so forth. Further each group has their own t-shirts which are worn during beach cleans. The t-shirts are printed with the common beach patrol logo but customised according to the suburb of the individual group. Customisation is enhanced by each group having their own positive team colour. EG Port Melbourne is in BLUE, Brighton is in ORANGE, Middle Park is in RED and St Kilda is in PURPLE.
The groups operate on a very simple model. Local residents sign up on the Beach Patrol website to become members of their selected group. Members then pledge one hour of voluntary beach cleaning per month. This cleaning is done either at the discretion of the member or as a part of organised monthly group cleans. Group cleans are usually conducted on Saturday mornings, are followed by a fun, social coffee session and are also a great way to get to know people from the neighbourhood. The extra buzz comes from members being able to share in the enjoyment of doing their bit for the local environment.