Join Great Northern Clean Up
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.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.