Join Great North­ern Clean Up

Pilbara News - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Pil­bara res­i­dents are be­ing called upon to nom­i­nate a lo­cal site for the up­com­ing Great North­ern Clean Up.

Held each year, the clean-up is aimed at re­mov­ing rub­bish left be­hind by re­ced­ing flood­wa­ters, ir­re­spon­si­ble tourists and il­le­gal dumpers, and has at­tracted an 3754 West Aus­tralians across 126 lo­ca­tions.

Care for Hed­land chair­woman Kelly Howlett said peo­ple were in­vited to join the Satur­day clean-ups in South Hed­land, on Hamil­ton Road on Septem­ber 16 or op­po­site South Hed­land Ceme­tery on Septem­ber 23.

“Lit­ter clean-ups are a great way for vol­un­teers, young and old, to do their bit to help our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment,” she said. “Sadly, lit­ter and the dump­ing of waste in our en­vi­ron­ment is a never-end­ing is­sue.

“Clean-up events such as Great North­ern Clean Up and WA Beach Clean Up are great ways to make a di­rect im­pact and to as­sist our en­vi­ron­ment through di­rect re­moval of lit­ter and waste from our en­vi­ron­ment. Ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness is valu­able and goes some way into help­ing to change peo­ple’s be­hav­iour and to do some­thing pos­i­tive for our en­vi­ron­ment.”

Clean Up Aus­tralia founder Ian Kier­nan said he was con­fi­dent 2017 could de­liver an­other strong re­sult.

“Iconic won­ders across north­ern WA are a mag­net for tourism — and we want to make sure this ex­pe­ri­ence is not tainted by rub­bish that has be­come part of the scenery,” he said.

He said sin­gle-use dis­pos­able items such as con­fec­tionery wrap­pers, fast-food pack­ag­ing and bev­er­age con­tain­ers were among the most com­mon rub­bish items.

“Once the wind picks up and the rain comes in, this rub­bish is most likely to end up in wa­ter­ways where it be­comes a se­rial killer, of­ten mis­taken for food by lo­cal wildlife.

The round-the-world yachts­man had a mes­sage for West Aus­tralians.

“I’m ask­ing Sand­grop­ers to stop, bend down and take a look around you — that rub­bish you see lurk­ing in those bushes doesn’t be­long there,” he said. “When the rub­bish is gone, na­ture can carry on.”

Join a Great North­ern Clean Up site at www.cleanu­paus­trali­a­

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