Volunteer for Clean Up Australia Day

Media release - 8 February 2017

The community is being encouraged to help keep the Macleay Valley looking beautiful by taking part in this year’s Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 5 March.

The first Clean Up Australia Day was held in 1990 and it has since become Australia’s largest community-based environmental event. Over the years, volunteers have donated more than 31 million hours at over 166,000 locations across the country. Together they have removed the equivalent of 331,000 ute loads of rubbish.

Participants need to find a location they want to clean up and register it or they can join a site that’s already registered by going to the Clean Up Australia Day website.

Organisers of sites will be sent a free clean up kit with officially marked clean up bags and gloves to help with the collection of waste and recyclables. It is important to register a site as soon as possible as it can take up to two weeks for kits to be delivered.

Council’s Waste Strategy and Education Officer, Gavin Hughes, encourages volunteer site supervisors to contact Council if they would like free assistance with the disposal of collected waste and recycling from the day.

Mr Hughes said he hoped that residents would take the opportunity to be part of the national initiative. There are currently seven local sites registered across West and South Kempsey, Clybucca, Aldavilla, Hickeys Creek, Dondingalong and Crescent Head.

“Council is proud to support Clean Up Australia Day every year. It gives us the opportunity to work with the community to make our public spaces rubbish-free and more appealing for everyone,” Mr Hughes said.

For more information and to register a site go to www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au  or site supervisors wanting more information about rubbish disposal for the event should phone Council on 6566 3200

If you witnesses littering, including rubbish being thrown out of car windows, report it immediately to the EPA’s website www.epa.nsw.gov.au/heytosser