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