Clean-up pro­gram re­ally hits the spot

Fremantle Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

RES­I­DENTS all over Fre­man­tle are do­ing the hard yards try­ing to keep their com­mu­ni­ties free from lit­ter.

Hil­ton’s Mau­reen Ma­her is the driv­ing force be­hind Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful’s Adopt-a-Spot pro­gram, where groups all over the state pledge to keep a par­tic­u­lar area in their neigh­bour­hood free from road­side trash like cig­a­rette butts and dis­carded food and drink wrap­pers.

The pro­gram also en­cour­ages its vol­un­teers to sep­a­rate re­cy­clable items so they don’t end up in land­fill.

South Fre­man­tle’s Pamela Carl­berg and her hus­band Pete are among Perth’s long­est adopters, hav­ing worked hard to keep ar­eas like Le­froy Road, King Wil­liam Park and Florence Park clean since 2009.

“My hus­band and I first got in­volved in the adopt a spot be­cause we were walk­ing Le­froy road try­ing to get fit and on our first walk I could not be­lieve the amount of rub­bish that was along the road, there was so much all along to Car­ring­ton Street – bot­tles, cans, all sorts,” Ms Carl­berg said.

“I was go­ing to ring the coun­cil and heartily com­plain, for­tu­nately I saw an ad in the lo­cal pa­per for Adopt-a-Spot and I re­alised I could do some­thing about the rub­bish my­self while still walk­ing to get fit.” Mem­bers of the Hil­ton Adopt-a-Spot group.

Ms Ma­her, who is also part of her own Adopt-a-Spot group in Hil­ton, said it was peo­ple like Ms Carl­berg and her hus­band that made the pro­gram such a suc­cess. “They agree to look af­ter a spot for two years, do lit­ter clean ups and re­port back to Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful on what they pick up,” she said. “It’s easy to par­tic­i­pate, a good way to get your fam­ily to par­tic­i­pate in their com­mu­nity, and do some­thing sim­ple to help the en­vi­ron­ment.” Visit www.kabc.wa.gov.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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