Residents get hands dirty on clean-up day
■ 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.