Big clean-up ef­fort

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

You may have seen the ar­ti­cle in last week’s Pil­bara News fea­tur­ing the Wick­ham Tidy Towns group, which col­lected 700 bags of rub­bish in and around Wick­ham.

The WTT guys have been col­lect­ing rub­bish around Wick­ham for many years and have won many awards, even the Tidy Towns State cat­e­gory in 2013.

An­other phe­nom­e­nal group is Port Wal­cott Surf Life Sav­ing Club, also based in Wick­ham.

Last Satur­day, the club had its an­nual awards, at­tended by Surf Life Sav­ing WA pres­i­dent Craig Smith-Bayn­ton Gan­der. The club has been go­ing for barely 18 months and now has 130 mem­bers, in­clud­ing 70 nip­pers.

Chil­dren from all across the city, in­clud­ing my next-door neigh­bours, come reg­u­larly to have fun learn­ing safety in the surf.

It’s a lot of work for the mem­bers, at­tend­ing reg­u­larly to take classes.

Many thought it would never work, but it has.

Thank you, guys, a mag­nif­i­cent ef­fort and a real ben­e­fit to our town.

Also last week­end, Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion had its an­nual clean-up at Kar­ratha Back Beach.

There were vol­un­teers from West Pri­mary School, 3rd Kar­ratha Scout group, West Pil­bara Tur­tle Pro­gram and lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers, to make a to­tal of 114 vol­un­teers.

They col­lected 311 equiv­a­lent bags, and among other things, a couch, a tent, a mat­tress, a con­veyor belt, car ex­hausts, a dog bed, mop buck­ets and tyres.

Like Wick­ham Tidy Towns, the KCA gives its earn­ings to good causes and this year will do­nate $1866 to the 3rd Kar­ratha Scouts group and Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School.

Thank you all.

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