McNeilly Hedge cleaned up

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - “HERE’S MY CARD” -

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.

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