Lo­cal res­i­dents help to clean up Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

ON SUN­DAY, March 2, Whit­sun­day res­i­dents joined hun­dreds of thou­sands of Aus­tralians to once again make Clean Up Aus­tralia Day an out­stand­ing suc­cess.

A to­tal of eight sites were reg­is­tered for the Whit­sun­day re­gion, with 520 vol­un­teers don­ning gloves and pick­ing up bags to re­move an es­ti­mated 17.6 tonnes of rubbish from the lo­cal parks, wa­ter­ways, beaches, sport­ing fields, bush­lands and roads.

Since the na­tional event started in 1990, Aus­tralians have do­nated more than one mil­lion hours to­wards car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment through re­mov­ing an es­ti­mated 288,650 tonnes of rubbish from 145,754 sites across the coun­try.

Chair­man and founder of Clean Up Aus­tralia Ian Kier­nan AO, said this was a great com­mu­nity event bring­ing to­gether friends, fam­ily, neigh­bours, team-mates and col­leagues.

“There is no other event like it in the south­ern hemi­sphere. We can all be proud of our achieve­ments,” he said.

The Whit­sun­day sites, in­clud­ing Shin­g­ley Beach, were among 1276 sites reg­is­tered across Queens­land this year.

Around 80 per cent of the rubbish col­lected each year is re­cy­clable.

Clean Up Aus­tralia is a not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, which is not govern­ment funded.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion re­lies on cor­po­rate spon­sors and donors to sup­ply fund­ing and re­sources and will con­tinue to pro­vide free bags, gloves and other equip­ment for as long as it has the funds to do so.

Do­na­tions can be made on­line at www.cleanu­paus­trali­a­day.org.au.

CLEAN­ING UP: Na­keeta Miller, Keisha McEwan, Jar­rah Kennedy, Sarah Rodgers, Brent Matthews, Tas­man Des­mond, Kane Tay­lor, Calin Young and Cameron Tay­lor, from Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil's Y-Fac­tor youth com­mit­tee, helped with Clean Up Aus­tralia Day in Proser­pine on Mon­day.

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