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Walk the Plank on Plastics Community Art Installation

The Territory Wildlife Park has unveiled a conservation action awareness campaign titled “Walk the Plank on Plastics”, highlighting the devastating issue of plastic pollution on our environment.

A new installation featuring striking artworks created by 21 local artists will educate visitors on the impacts of plastic pollution and the importance of reducing single-use plastics.

Created on lengths of upcycled wooden planks supplied by the Territory Wildlife Park, a variety of materials have been used to create the messages, with items collected from beaches, recycling bins and others were collected after raiding children’s toy boxes for plastic playthings.

Displayed in the Territory Wildlife Park Aquarium, the plank artworks aim to highlight day-to-day actions and decisions by individuals that can have a massive impact on the future of our environment.

Minimising and eliminating single-use plastics will help protect our oceans and all the plants and animals that live in marine habitats.

Quotes by Territory Wildlife Park General Manager, Visitor Services, Jasmine Jan:

“By displaying these pieces in the marine section of the Aquarium, we hope to inform our visitors and the broader public on the issue of single-use plastics – and encourage people to think about how their daily choices can impact the world around us.

“Microplastics can be eaten by the smallest microorganisms in the sea (plankton) right up to the largest animals such as whales.

“Seabirds, turtles and many types of marine animals ingest microplastics and plastics each year and die from starvation. It is critical for everyone to play their part in reducing their consumption of single-use plastics.

“All artists involved in this project contributed by donating their time, creativity and materials to create their plank messages. We can all make a difference by saying no to single use plastics, and as many plastics as possible, to minimise the effects of microplastic on our environment.”

Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture Media Manager 0476 844 832