McNeilly Hedge cleaned up
McNeilly’s heritage listed cypress hedge in Drouin was given a new lease on life on Australia Day when a local community group banded together to lead a clean-up event.
Drouin residents approached Council in the lead up to Australia Day for assistance in the clean-up of this local treasure that over time had accumulated some litter and debris, as well as rubbish from illegal dumping.
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Councillor Joe Gauci said it iss great to see a community group so passionate and eager to make our community a better place.
“We are lucky to have such a driven community with the initiative to make great things happen,” he said.
“The event has raised long-term benefits for the local area and founded new relationships between neighbours.
“The clean-up event was a huge success and I’d like to thank the 33 volunteers who sacrificed their time for this great cause.
A full skip provided by Jackson’s View Estate management was filled with litter and debris collected from in and around the hedge.
“It was fitting to have the clean-up on Australia Day.
Seeing the community come together to work as a team to make the area a better place to live – that’s the Australian spirit and what the day is all about”.
The McNeilly’s Hedge neighbourhood community group coordinated the cleanup with support from Baw Baw Shire Council and Jackson’s View Estate management.
The clean up was held following inspuiration from the Clean Up Australia initiative.
Almost 300,000 volunteers turned out on the first Clean Up Australia Day in 1990 and that involvement has steadily increased ever since.
In the past 26 years, Australians have devoted more than 31 million hours towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day and collected more than 331 thousand tonnes of rubbish.
Above: Damon Wolswinkel, Luca Marziale and Ann-Maree Nobelius enjoy a barbecue lunch as reward for their efforts in cleaning up the McNeilly Hedge.
Right: A good turn out of Drouin locals helped to clean up the heritage listed McNeilly Hedge on Australia Day.