Res­i­dents get hands dirty on clean-up day

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ About 100 Wick­ham res­i­dents turned out ear­lier this month to spruce up their town in a com­mu­nity clean-up day.

The Tidy Towns clean-ups give com­mu­nity groups a chance to raise money while making their home­town a bet­ter place to live.

Wick­ham Tidy Towns pres­i­dent Brett Ball said do­ing the clean-ups was a mat­ter of pride for the town.

“When all the min­ing ex­pan­sions were start­ing up in 2012, we saw an op­por­tu­nity to make Wick­ham a bet­ter place for ev­ery­one,” he said.

“The first one we did was the big­gest but we con­sis­tently get 70-100 com­mu­nity mem­bers, in­clud­ing a lot of kids.

“The rub­bish is still com­ing thick and fast but we’re get­ting on top of it.”

Mr Ball said il­le­gal dump­ing was one of the main causes of litter in Wick­ham. A Rio Tinto spokes­woman said the com­pany was proud to sup­port the Tidy Towns com­mit­tee.

“Rio Tinto sup­ports nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity groups to par­tic­i­pate at com­mu­nity clean-up days or­gan­ised and co-or­di­nated by Wick­ham Tidy Towns,” she said. “(We) ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­fort.” Rio Tinto of­fered an ad­di­tional $6 a bag of rub­bish on top of the City of Kar­ratha’s Bucks for Bags pro­gram.

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