Help spring clean at One Mile Creek

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

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.

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