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Volunteers urged to roll up sleeves for Clean Up Australia Day

22 February, 2014Posted in: Community, Environment
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Clean Up Australia Day

Wingecarribee Shire Council is calling on local residents to join public registered sites on Sunday 2 March and lend a hand in tidying up the Highlands as part of Clean Up Australia Day.

More than 20 years since launching the first national Clean Up Australia Day campaign, founder and Chairman Ian Kiernan AO is encouraging everyone to once again join in and do their bit towards protecting local ecosystems while improving the appeal of their area.

“Everyone can do their bit for Australia, individually or as part of a team. Clean Up Australia Day is a simple way you can clean up, fix up and conserve our greatest resource – Australia,” Mr Kiernan said.

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Juliet Arkwright, also encouraged local residents to get behind the cause.

Clean Up Australia Day is a chance for everyone to come together and help clean up our local parks, waterways, schools and public reserves,” she said. “It’s also the perfect opportunity for all of us to stop and think of how we can all reduce our impact on the environment.”

“To get involved visit the Clean Up Australia Day website and choose one of the numerous locations around the Shire where you can register as a volunteer,” Councillor Arkwright said. “Or simply turn up at one of the public registered sites on the day with gloves, a hat, sturdy shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen and register onsite.”

This year Council will be assisting at over two dozen Clean Up sites around the Shire including locations in Exeter, Penrose, Bowral, Hill Top, Colo Vale, Mittagong, Moss Vale, High Range, Wingello, Berrima, Canyonleigh, Glenquarry, Sutton Forest and Robertson.

“With so many sites registered, there’s sure to be a location within easy reach of most Southern Highlanders,” the Mayor added.

Council is supporting Clean Up Australia Day via the Environment Levy and will be collecting rubbish free of charge from registered sites and transporting it to Council’s Resource Recovery Centre.

“The continued success of Clean Up Australia Day can be directly attributed to the fantastic volunteers who help out on the day,” Councillor Arkwright added.

Over the past 20 years, Australians have devoted more than 24 million hours towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day and collected over 200,000 tonnes of rubbish.

“I encourage anyone with a few hours to spare on Sunday the 2nd to come on out to one of our registered sites and help make our Shire an even more beautiful place to live.”

For more information or registration details visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or phone 1800 282 329.