Lo­cal clean-up in­spires oth­ers to jump on board

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

“I PHO­TO­GRAPH this beau­ti­ful town, why can’t I help keep it clean,” was Corinn Stick­land’s pri­mary mo­tive to in­sti­gate an unof­fi­cial clean-up of Air­lie Beach among lo­cals on Satur­day morn­ing.

She cre­ated the event on Face­book which gen­er­ated some public in­ter­est with 18 peo­ple re­spond­ing.

How­ever, only nine peo­ple showed up.

Those who spared an hour of their Satur­day morn­ing cleaned up rub­bish from the Air­lie Beach Fore­shore and along the main street.

Eco Barge Clean Seas gen­er­ously do­nated rub­bish bags, gloves and grab­bers for the go-get­ters.

Just over two kilo­grams of rub­bish and nine litres of cig­a­rette butts were col­lected from the main street alone and 2.1kg of rub­bish and seven litres of cig­a­rette butts from the beach­front.

Among the seven helpers, three of them were bat­tling dis­abil­i­ties.

“Just think what able bod­ies would be ca­pa­ble of,” Ms Stick­land said.

“I’m not in it for any­thing – I just love my town and the Great Bar­rier Reef,” she con­tin­ued show­ing her heart reef tat­too on her wrist.

Ms Stick­land posted the re­sults on Face­book com­mu­nity group Whit­sun­day Noticeboard where she re­ceived mass com­mu­nity sup­port and fur­ther in­ter­est.

A clean-up Proser­pine event has since been cre­ated by lo­cals for April 11.

“An­other per­son sug­gested we do th­ese clean-ups weekly which is great,” Ms Stick­land said.

“I’d def­i­nitely be in­ter­ested in host­ing more and per­haps work­ing side by side with Eco Barge Clean Seas who are all just su­per­heroes.”

Ms Stick­land says ed­u­ca­tion is the key.

“We need to ed­u­cate chil­dren and reed­u­cate adults that just even leav­ing a wrap­per be­hind is wrong,” she said.

“We live in one of the most beau­ti­ful places in the world; it blows my mind that we as a town are not lead­ing the way and show­ing off what we’ve got.”

She said she would one day like to see fines is­sued for pol­lut­ing so that even the tourists were aware.

She also hopes to see more bins and out­door ash­trays right by the main street’s bus stops.

Ms Stick­land said she will post po­ten­tial fu­ture clean-ups on the Face­book group Whit­sun­day Noticeboard.

CLEAN UP CHAMPS: Corinn Stick­land and Si­mone Me­ter were two out of nine lo­cals who de­cided to take two hours out of their Satur­day to help clean up Air­lie Beach.

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