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Clean Up Australia day event planned for Moree

Moree Plains Shire Council invites residents to this year’s Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, March 1 at 8am.

The clean-up campaign will focus on the Mehi River from Dr Hollingsworth Bridge (Edward Street crossing) to Dr Hunter Bridge (main town bridge) in a bid to restore local waterways and riverbanks.

Volunteers are asked to meet in the Tourism Moree car park (Alice Street) to collect recycling and waste bags as well as safety equipment, and then set off along the Mehi River cleaning trail, with a free barbeque provided to participants following the clean-up.

Council’s Director of Planning and Community Development, Angus Witherby, said Clean Up Australia Day was a perfect opportunity to join with family and friends to help remove rubbish in an important corridor of Moree.

“This is a great opportunity to make sure one of the most attractive places in Moree can be enjoyed for its natural beauty, free of rubbish,” Mr Witherby said.

“In the Moree Plains, our waters are such an important part of our Shire. Our waterways are an important contributor to this.

“The Mehi River is a section of the Gwydir catchment and is a part of the largest and most complex river system in Australia, which is home to many of Australia’s unique flora and fauna,” he said.

“Aside from improving the amenity of this corridor, pollution has a major negative impact on the health of the waterways so efforts this year for Clean Up Australia Day will be concentrated here to make sure that rubbish on our river banks does not find its way into this system.

“I invite all community members to join us for the first day of autumn to lend a hand during our Clean Up Australia Day event,” he said.

The event is open to all community members and suitable for all ages however parental supervision is required for children under 16 years of age.

Volunteers will be provided with Clean Up Australia Day Clean-Up Kits but should wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Council urges volunteers not to forget hats and sunscreen.

Media Release: February 20, 2020