Volunteers urged to pitch in for Clean Up Australia Day

29 February, 2016Posted in: Environment
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Clean Up Australia Day

Wingecarribee Shire Council is calling on locals to lend a hand in tidying up the Highlands as part of this week’s national Clean Up Australia Day event to be held on Sunday 6 March.

Echoing the sentiments of national Clean Up Australia Day campaign, founder and Chairman Ian Kiernan AO, Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Larry Whipper encouraged locals to once again roll up their sleeves and help protect our local ecosystem.

“Everyone can do their bit for Australia, individually or as part of a team,” the Mayor said.

Clean Up Australia Day is a simple way in which residents can clean up, fix up and conserve our Shire.”

“It’s a great opportunity for everyone to come together and help clean up our local parks, waterways, schools and public reserves,” he said.  “Clean Up Australia Day is 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 Whipper 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 a dozen already registered Clean Up sites around the Shire including locations in Alpine, Berrima, Canyonleigh, Colo Vale, Glenquarry, Hill Top, High Range, Mittagong, Moss Vale and Penrose.

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

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

Since its launch more than 25 years ago, Australians have devoted more than 27 million hours towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day and collected over 288,650 tonnes of rubbish.  Locally, more than 10.5 tonnes of rubbish has been collected from local Clean Up sites in the past three years.

“I encourage anyone with a few hours to spare on Sunday 6 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.

To report an illegal dumping site visit the RID website at ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au or phone the EPA Environment Line on 131 555.