SSCC is committed to taking care of the environments on which we paddle. We believe that #take3forthesea is a simple way that everyone can contribute to cleaner waterways. As paddlers, our contribution to the campaign is cleaning up rivers, oceans and lakes, and reducing single-use plastics at our events.

  • We pick up rubbish every time they go out paddling and dump it in a designated bin at the clubhouse.
    • The rubbish is weighed and analysed regularly and the data recorded on the Litter Stopper app.
  • We hold regular clean up days.
  • We avoid single use plastics and actively recycle our rubbish.

Every Sunday we remove at least a kilogram of rubbish from the river. After the March 2022 floods, club members removed 12.5kg of rubbish (plus wood, which does a lot of damage to boats and kayaks) from the Burnum Burnum Reserve boat ramp. In September 2021 we picked up 18.7 kg of rubbish over the two days from the Burnum Burnum duck pond.

Robyn Bingle (elected 2020 – current) and Alison Mrkonja (elected 2022 – current) are our:

  • Environment Officers
  • PNSW Environment Committee representatives

Robyn has been awarded the 2020/2021 Paddle NSW Environment Award. She was also nominated for the 2022 Sutherland Shire Council Environment Citizen of the Year award.

Wonnie Wardens Clean Up Paddles

SSCC works with the Woronora River Keeper, RFS and the local community to conduct river and river bank clean up paddles approximately every 6 to 8 times a year. We have particular focus on areas only accessible by kayaks and small water craft, cleaning rubbish and weeds.

2023 Clean Up Paddle Days

  • 5 March – Clean Up Australia Day Paddle will focus on cleaning up the Woronora River and mangroves around our clubhouse
  • 18 June – Environment Paddle (pre-Woronora Marathon Clean Up)
  • Further dates for our quarterly environment paddles – tba

Paddle NSW – Environmental Awareness

PNSW members care about the rivers, oceans and lakes we paddle on. Our mission is to empower the NSW paddling community to care for and improve our environment.

Click here for more information about the PaddleNSW Environment Program

Paddle NSW encourages Citizen Science and various Volunteering Opportunities.


‘SUP’ stands for “single-use plastics” (bad) and “stand-up paddle boards” (good)
September is a month of activities aimed at reducing the amount of plastic in our environment. PaddleNSW will be promoting paddle clean-ups leading up to the events and sharing stories and photos afterwards.

Extreme Weather in 2022

2022 was an extreme weather year. Woronora experienced multiple flood events within a few months, including the biggest flood the locals could remember in July.

SSCC was an integral part of the clean up of the Woronora River, boat ramp and the Burnum Burnum Sanctuary. Members spent hundreds of hours removing tonnes of flood debis from the river and park.