Volunteers show how a load of rubbish makes a big difference
A BAND of dedicated Moree volunteers collected 18 bags of rubbish from along the Mehi River on Sunday as part of Clean Up Australia Day.
Beating afternoon showers and rain, the group made their way along the banks of the Mehi River from Dr Hollingsworth Bridge, under Dr Geoffrey Hunter Bridge, and towards to the Albert Street Bridge as part of the nationwide initiative that has been an annual event since 1989, when an ‘average Australian bloke’, Ian Kiernan, came up with a simple solution to make a difference in his own backyard – Sydney Harbour.
The simple idea is now one of Australia’s largest community-based environmental events and during the past 30-odd years Australians have devoted more than 32 million hours towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day and, along the way, collecting more than 344,000 tonnes of rubbish.
Moree Plains Shire Council environment and compliance assistant Elisha Bridge said Clean Up Australia Day is one of the ways Council works with the community to make our public spaces rubbish-free and more appealing for everyone.
“II want to thank everyone for their efforts,” Mrs Bridge said.
“We had around 18 people come to the community event to help clean along the Mehi River, the skate-park and behind the Showgrounds.
“It was a tremendous effort as each volunteer collected a full bag of rubbish,” she said.
Media Release: March 7, 2018