Res­i­dents urged to join clean-up

Benalla Ensign - - News - By Di­dier Sto­bart

Clean Up Aus­tralia Day will be run­ning again this year on Sun­day, March 4 from 8.30 am to 10.30 am, af­ter the huge suc­cess of last year’s event.

In March 2017, 26 mem­bers of Gooma­l­ibee Land­care cleaned up a to­tal of 24 km of road­side rub­bish amount­ing to more than 24 bags of rub­bish, as well as ad­vis­ing the Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil of larger hard rub­bish that needed to be col­lected.

Gooma­l­ibee Land­care sec­re­tary Deb­bie Rees is aim­ing for even more suc­cess this year, and is urg­ing lo­cals to sign up for the event.

‘‘We are go­ing to be big­ger and bet­ter this year. We are aim­ing to cover more ar­eas and have more vol­un­teers than last year,’’ she said.

The coun­cil is pro­vid­ing a Com­mu­nity Spon­sor­ship Grant of $500, and the funds will be used to pur­chase high-vis­i­bil­ity vests and rub­bish pick­ers for vol­un­teers.

‘‘The grant from the coun­cil makes it much eas­ier for the vol­un­teers. They have been a huge sup­porter of this event and have helped us make it a re­ally great day for ev­ery­one,’’ Ms Rees said.

‘‘All vol­un­teers will be sup­plied with morn­ing tea af­ter the clean-up, and will come to­gether and en­joy that com­mu­nity spirit.

‘‘It’s great for our com­mu­nity to get to­gether and clean up some im­por­tant ar­eas. It’s a great way to give back.’’

Clean-up or­gan­iser Louise Arm­strong was pleased with how the event went last year and hopes that more peo­ple will be able to spare a cou­ple of hours to as­sist on Clean Up Aus­tralia Day this year.

The area the event will be con­cen­trat­ing on will be Gooma­l­ibee Rd be­tween Faith­full St and Ter­retts Rd, in­clud­ing Kealy Rd.

If there are enough vol­un­teers, Basin Rd and Bur­ness Rd will also be in­cluded.

It’s clear to see that Be­nalla has a rub­bish prob­lem with the re­cent lake draw-down. Shop­ping carts, beer bot­tles and street sign have been found in the lake in re­cent days.

It is hoped the Clean Up Aus­tralia Day event will pro­mote a cleaner en­vi­ron­ment in Be­nalla.

● Phone Louise on 0419 577 423 if you would like to reg­is­ter to join in, or for any queries.

Re­vealed: Lake draw-down in Be­nalla high­lights rub­bish prob­lem.

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