What We Do

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.

Beach Patrol was formed to help clean the beaches of Melbourne to make them safer and more enjoyable for everyone. As Melbournians we are SO LUCKY to have such an array of beautiful inner city beaches and helping to look after them in the beach patrol way will help secure their bright future and is actually rewarding not onerous. Unfortunately beaches are often littered by a careless minority and via all sorts of rubbish that finds its way to the sand through the water ways of Melbourne. Yes! Street, pavement, errant and accidental litter once it hits our gutters is washed through the storm water system by rain and ends up in The Yarra and or Port Phillip Bay. The tides then do the rest! Plastic bags , plastic bottles , plastic straws and just about anything plastic ( it all floats ) are the worst offenders along with cigarette butts.

It is the philosophy of the Beach Patrol groups to work with their local councils to try and achieve the cleanest, safest beaches possible. By doing this we are also helping our bay and river systems by discarding litter that may otherwise be swept away by tides and in turn adversely effecting water quality and marine life.

 
If you would like to join a beach patrol group or start up your own group you are very welcome too. Click here

 

 

OUR TARGET IS 1000 MEMBERS IN TOTAL - THAT'S 1000 HOURS A MONTH ! TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND HELP MAKE MELBOURNE THE CLEANEST CITY IN THE WORLD AS WELL AS THE MOST LIVE-ABLE !