As global trash troubles escalate, you can be part of the local solution this Clean Up Australia Day.
Volunteer and site registrations are now open for the nation’s largest community-based environmental event, to be held on Sunday 4 March.
The Clean Up campaign has run successfully in Eurobodalla for more than 25 years, removing tonnes of litter from local streets, beaches, parks, bushland and waterways.
Last year 280 volunteers collected a staggering 69 cubic metres of rubbish across 49 sites and Eurobodalla’s Clean Up Australia project officer Maree Cadman is hoping for even greater participation in 2018.
She said the event was a great family activity that helped highlight to children the importance of protecting our environment.
“Clean Up Australia Day is a great way to spend time together as a family while teaching children about how rubbish impacts our parks and waterways,” she said.
“It’s also about encouraging the ideal that everyone is responsible for their local environment.”
You can register to volunteer at places that are important to you, like your local neighbourhood, walking tracks, parks, streets and waterways.
Twenty-five sites are registered in Eurobodalla so far, including a Clyde River dive team and the Batemans Bay Historical Society tackling the Water Gardens, as well as residential sites from South Durras to Kianga.
Ms Cadman said the more helpers who came along, the better.
“If you want to register a site but don’t know where to start, give me a call on 4474 1343,” she said.
“If you can’t make it on Sunday 4 March you can also register to clean up a site on an alternative day.”
For more information, including clean-up sites and to register, visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or phone Ms Cadman on 4474 1343.
Above: Bryan Lovquist, Jo Heywood, Jane Knuzkey, Emma, Jessie and Sarah Hutchinson volunteered to clean up Yarragee Reserve in the 2017 Clean Up Australia Day.