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Time to roll up your sleeves for Clean Up Australia Day

Published on 01 March 2018
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Leafy plant growing from a bottle imprint Clean up Australia Day is this Sunday 4 March

It’s not too late to register a site to help keep Maroondah beautiful during Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 4 March.

Now in its 28th year, the annual event attracts hundreds of thousands of volunteers from the community, schools and businesses to help clean up, fix up and conserve the environment.

Maroondah Councillor and Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee member, Marijke Graham said it was wonderful to see both individuals and groups taking initiative by coordinating clean-up sites right across the city.

“The Maroondah community has always shown strong support for Clean Up Australia Day and we value the many volunteers who keep coming back to help clean up our parks, reserves and roadsides,” Cr Graham said.

Mullum Mullum Creek in Ringwood, Croydon Golf Links Estate, Ringwood Lake, Tarralla Creek Trail in Croydon, local schools and reserves are so far among 12 Maroondah sites to be registered for the annual clean-up.

“I’d like to thank those community groups, committees and individuals who have already registered a clean-up site and I’d encourage others to join, or register one of their own sites. Think of places that are important to you – for example your local park, sporting fields, waterways, walking tracks and neighbourhood streets,” Cr Graham said.

The Clean Up Australia Day campaign has grown to include other events – Business Clean Up Day and Schools/Youth Clean Up Day.

“This year, Business Clean Up Day was held on Tuesday 27 February. It was great to see local businesses lead the way and demonstrate their environmental credentials by hosting a clean-up site at or near their business, and then encouraging staff and customers to participate. In addition to the environmental benefits, it can make for an effective team-building opportunity,” Cr Graham said.

“The Schools/Youth Clean Up Day is on Friday 2 March. It’s a fun and engaging way to teach young people about taking responsibility for their local environment and taking pride in keeping it clean.

“The rest of the community can easily get involved too, during Clean Up Australia Day 2018, this Sunday the fourth of March,” Graham said.

“On average, 1.6 tonnes of rubbish is collected in Maroondah during these clean-up events, which just goes to show how much of a difference can be made if we all do our bit.

Community Clean Up Day 2018

“Clean Up Australia Day is also a great chance for our community to connect, socialise and work together and help build pride in the beautiful natural environment we are so fortunate to have here in Maroondah.

 “We encourage Maroondah residents to get involved, even in a small way.  And, of course, even beyond these particular events, the responsibility lies with all of us to dispose of our rubbish responsibly, each and every day.

“Once you’ve registered a site, be sure to spread the word on social media and encourage others to join!”

Volunteers are urged to bring a hat, gloves, sunscreen, drinking water and to wear closed-toe shoes

To find out about registered locations or to register your involvement, visit the Clean Up Australia Day website or call Clean Up Australia on 1800 282 329. 

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