Get­ting clean

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

IT’S time to get the gloves on and help make the re­gion beau­ti­ful with the an­nual Great North­ern Clean Up on again.

Next week­end, Septem­ber 20-22, Clean Up Aus­tralia hosts its an­nual Great North­ern Clean Up and en­cour­ages busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to take own­er­ship of their com­mu­nity and keep it clean.

Mantra and Pep­per’s Beach Club are get­ting to­gether to clean the Four Mile Beach es­planade and Pep­per’s gen­eral man­ager Jeremy Nord­kamp is invit­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to help them clean.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity that we get in there and keep Port Dou­glas as pris­tine as pos­si­ble and it’s also good the whole of Aus­tralia to get ev­ery­body in­volved with Clean Up Aus­tralia,’’ he said.

‘‘All of the Mantra properties in Port Dou­glas will be work­ing to­gether on the day as one big team and the pub­lic are wel­come to come give us a hand and get the rub­bish out of the gar­dens.

‘‘With the ex­tra help we can make sure we look the best as pos­si­ble for vis­i­tors and lo­cals.’’

The es­planade clean up will be on the Satur­day from 9am un­til clean, around 2pm and there will be a team bar­be­cue af­ter­wards as a re­ward.

On the Fri­day St Au­gus­tine’s Pri­mary School have reg­is­tered for the clean up, along with a clean up be­ing con­ducted at Wangetti Beach on the Sun­day by the Wangetti Re­cov­ery Group, start­ing from 9am at the south­ern car park.

The Sher­a­ton Mi­rage will be hold­ing their an­nual clean up for Four Mile Beach meet­ing at their beach en­trance point.

It is not too late to reg­is­ter your own event, as Clean Up Aus­tralia can dis­trib­ute the Great North­ern Clean Up Kits up to two-days be­fore the event.

The kits in­clude rub­bish and re­cy­cling bags, gloves, sharps con­tainer if re­quested and a site su­per­vi­sor vest.

Clean Up Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Terrie-Ann John­son en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to get along to a clean up site or reg­is­ter their own.

‘‘It’s been re­ally well em­braced by the com­mu­nity and we are keen to sup­port them and make sure they have ev­ery­thing ev­ery­body has for Clean Up Aus­tralia Day,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s great to see a high level of en­gage­ment, the com­mu­nity wants to clean up at this time of year, as it bet­ter suits the trop­i­cal cli­mates.

‘‘ We are clean­ing up shared spa­ces that get taken for granted, the bot­tom line is the pub­lic spa­ces out there be­long to us, we need to take own­er­ship, clean them up and keep them that way - it’s all about be­ing part of the com­mu­nity.’’

Pic­ture: AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

CLEAN­ING UP PEP­PERS: Karl Wulf, Caitlin Dale, Jeremy Nord­kamp, Emily Gen­tle­man and Nick Tither

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