Rubbish warriors clean up range
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.