Rub­bish war­riors clean up range

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A GROUP of lo­cal rub­bish war­riors have trudged up the moun­tain road to Ju­lat­ten to clean up the items thrown from cars - in­clud­ing a CD col­lec­tion by Keith Ur­ban and Shan­non Noll.

In­spired by her own mu­si­cal he­roes, The Bea­tles, Moss­man school­girl Amy Will­ing en­listed a lit­tle help from her friends to pick up the dis­carded tin cans, glass bot­tles, end­less cig­a­rette butts, CDs and pa­pers weigh­ing al­most 70kg last Sun­day.

Amy, 17, said she got sick and tired of see­ing the rub­bish strewn along the range road and de­cided to do some­thing about it.

She ap­proached the po­lice, SES and Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil to or­gan­ise a range clean-up event with vol­un­teers but was told it would be near im­pos­si­ble due to safety and le­gal re­quire­ments.

“I have been try­ing since Au­gust to or­gan­ise a large- scale Range Clean-up event but the ob­sta­cles put in front of me made it too dif­fi­cult,” Amy said. “The range would be a beau­ti­ful place if not for the miles and miles of rub­bish just strewn ev­ery­where.

“A small group of peo­ple ap­proached me and we got to work last Sun­day and cleaned up a four-kilo­me­tre stretch of road­way.

“Five of us walked from the bot­tom look­out to the land­slide wall, col­lect­ing 14 large hes­sian bags of rub­bish.”

Friends Erin Jef­frey, Wendy Kenna, Brooke Ras­mussen and mum Sylvia all chipped in.

Amy is plan­ning an­other clean-up on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 30 and urged mo­torists to take note of their ef­forts.

“Hope­fully, it will then make peo­ple stop throw­ing lit­ter out of their car win­dows,” she said.

To get in­volved in the cleanup call on 4094 1654.

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