Help spring clean at One Mile Creek
COMMUNITY members are invited to do their bit, get hands on and help improve their local environment as part of World Cleanup Day tomorrow.
Volunteers will be gathering by the One Mile Creek at Mitchell Avenue Reserve from 10am where they will scour the area for discarded plastic and any other rubbish which may be clogging the waterway and littering the reserve.
Penny Raleigh from the Ovens Landcare Network Inc. said the event which is a joint initiative of Landcare, Waste Wise Wangaratta and the Rural City of Wangaratta.
She said was passionate about tackling the growing problem of single use plastics and plastic waste in general, and the aim was to raise awareness with the public about the problem.
“Everyone knows about Clean Up Australia Day, but we need to do it more often than one day a year and we also need to be better at not littering in the first place,” she said.
The aim of the organisations is to hold community clean up days quarterly, tying in with events like Plastic Free July which will be championed once again in 2019.
Ms Raleigh said it would help if we were all a little more conscious about the increasing amount of plastic in our environment and try to reduce what we use and what we purchase, avoiding things which are wrapped in plastic.
Anyone interested in getting involved can come along tomorrow (byo gloves, a reusable water bottle and sensible shoes) and a barbecue lunch will be provided.
TAKING ACTION: Penny Raleigh (left) and Ann Brain invite the community to help with the clean-up at One Mile Creek tomorrow, to try and reduce plastic waste.