Southern Highlands residents have been challenged to lend a hand on Clean Up Australia Day. Involvement could also boost environmental measures in their own backyard with the chance to win compost bins.
Wingecarribee Shire Council is now taking registrations for those keen to get involved in the annual community clean up campaign this year scheduled for March 2 and 3.
Mayor councillor Duncan Gair has thrown his weight behind the local activities, encouraging people to “roll up their sleeves and help protect our ecosystem”. “Clean Up Australia Day is a great opportunity for everyone to come together and help secure our natural environment for future generations”, he said.
“In previous years our residents have stepped up for Clean Up Australia Day to help protect and beautify our region.”
As a bonus to helping the effort to remove litter from streets, waterways, bushland, reserves and more in the Wingecarribee shire, registered groups of volunteers will also have the chance to win home compost bins.
Council will collect rubbish from designated public areas over the weekend and transport the waste to the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre.
Clean Up Australia’s founder, Ian Kiernan AO’s, died late last year after a battle with cancer. He established the event in 1987 after he sailed around the world solo and witnessed widespread pollution.
Since then 33 million hours have been committed to the environment through Clean Up Australia Day, removing the equivalent of more than 350,000 ute loads of rubbish.
Clean Up Australia managing director Terri-Ann Johnson emphasised the importance of continuing founder Kiernan’s work. “Ian firmly believed that every single one of us could and should make a difference,” she said. “I urge all Australians to take up the challenge and become Ian’s successor and continue the momentum he fostered.”