Clean­ing up is no Hol­i­day

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

HOL­I­DAY Inn’s nor­mally glam­orous staff be­came rub­bish col­lec­tors for a day when they took to Flin­ders Cen­tral as part of Busi­ness Clean Up Aus­tralia Day ear­lier this week.

But when it came to re­movi ng waste, t hes e ‘ ‘ b l a c k sheep’’ clean­ers col­lected much more than three bags full.

Sarah Martin, Kate Davis and Stephanie Lewis were part of the ho­tel’s clean-up team which amassed an im­pres­sive 75kg ( 15 bags) dur­ing the day.

‘‘ We found some in­ter­est­ing items in­clud­ing half a cut­lery set,’’ Ms Davis said.

‘ ‘ And who would have thought we were go­ing to stum­ble across ra­dio re­motes and shop­ping trol­ley han­dles.’’

But the busi­ness clean-up day was just the start of Clean Up Aus­tralia Day, which will be held to­mor­row.

The Cathe­dral School has been in­volved in the pro­gram for 20 years, re­mov­ing rub­bish from along both banks of Ross River from Aplins Weir down to the Charles Bar­ton Bridge.

School Clean Up Aus­tralia D a y o r g a n i s e r B a r b a r a Lans­bury s ai d t he com­mu­nity should get be­hind it.

‘‘ We hope stu­dents will see this as an ex­am­ple of how the in­di­vid­ual ac­tion of many can af­fect great change,’’ she said.

‘‘ We hope it will act as an in­cen­tive to change our own habits to help im­prove the health of our en­vi­ron­ment all year round’’ Ms Lans­bury said.

In the past The Cathe­dral School has been the largest sin­gle group in the Townsville re­gion to take part.

At Hol­i­day Inn, team mem­bers were per­mit­ted a paid day of leave to help clean the city.

T o r e g i s t e r , g o t o cleanu­paus­trali­a­day. org. au.

CLEAN UP QUEENS: Sarah Martin, Kate Davis and Stephanie Lewis

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