What We Do

Beach Patrol (video) is an organised network of volunteers, 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.

Love Our Street is a newer initiative whereby each Love Our Street group cleans a street in their area.  All too often litter originates in the street then gets washed down to a beach.  LOS volunteers tackle streets in their area to bring back their beauty and stop the litter from traveling downstream. Contact:   3184-1@loveourstreet.com.au  or Facebook

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.

Beach Patrol Australia addresses the marine litter crisis through direct action. Direct action involves the engagement of the community via individual suburb based groups to clean their local beach and foreshore and collecting data on the results of each clean up.

Our aims and objectives are to:

  • Remove litter from beaches and foreshores to reduce the negative impact of this litter on the marine environment and food chain, and to provide a safe environment for beach and foreshore users.

  • Strengthen communities through engaging them in cleaning their own beach and foreshore and providing opportunities for individuals to engage with like-minded members of their community.

  • Raise awareness of the litter problem and help educate communities about reducing, reusing & recycling.

  • Lobby for changes with local and State government to reduce the amount of litter that gets into the marine environment using the power of the data we collect and the number of groups and volunteers that form Beach Patrol Australia.

    Continue to engage as many beach-side communities as possible in forming their own Beach Patrol group in order to increase Beach Patrol Australia’s influence

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