Phillip Island,

Treasure Hunters Clean Up Phillip Island


There are a number of ways to help keep Bass Coast beautiful, all whilst having fun – as proven by 30 high-tech ‘treasure hunters’ from all over Victoria recently.

Kilcunda resident, Leesa Willmott, organised a Cache In Trash Out (CITO) event on Phillip Island on Sunday, 24 August where these ‘treasure hunters’, also known as geocachers, came to scout out electronic markers called geocaches buried at various locations on the Island.

While looking for buried cache, they also removed litter.Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Neil Rankine, said CITO is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community.

“Since 2002, geocachers around the world have been dedicated to improving parks and other cache-friendly places,” Cr Rankine said.

“Council supports community-based groups in this type of environment protection activity by disposing of the collected materials.”

The activity was also registered as a Clean Up Australia event, so the group was supplied with garbage and recycling bags, as well as some gloves and tongs.

The group removed over two cubic metres of littered items from public places on Phillip Island.

“Groups scoured areas at Gap Road near the Grand Prix track, at the beach and foreshore in Ventnor and in Rhyll,” Cr Rankine said.

“Ironically, the most amount of litter was removed from Conservation Hill Reserve, around Rhyll Inlet.”

Cr Rankine said millions of visitors every year come to enjoy the natural environment and wildlife of Phillip Island, and local residents have so many special places at their doorstep.

“Nature-based experiences are meant to help reconnect people and the environment, so it is certainly surprising to see this amount of litter left in a sensitive habitat specifically dedicated to wildlife conservation,” Cr Rankine said. 

“Visitors and local residents need to understand that their day to day actions can have positive or negative impacts on the natural environment around them."

For more information about organising a Clean Up Australia event, contact Council’s Waste Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 268) or (03) 5671 2211 or visit