Local residents help to clean up Whitsundays
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.