HARD YARDS: Rotary Club of Gympie Cooloola members Bruce Walker, Paul Medway and Wally Emmerson get ready to clean up this weekend.
HARD YARDS: Rotary Club of Gympie Cooloola members Bruce Walker, Paul Medway and Wally Emmerson get ready to clean up this weekend. Craig Warhurst

Gympie needs you to clean town

AS the flood subsides leaving a hell of a mess in its wake, there has never been a better time to put your gloves and boots on, grab a plastic bag and get stuck in for Clean Up Australia Day.

Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne has encouraged residents to join local clean-up sites across the region this Sunday, March 7, but added a suggestion that they not just limit their cleaning up activities to one day.

“Small actions such as picking up litter, making sure that you dispose of rubbish properly and helping other people do the same, can go a long way towards helping to keep our environment safe and looking first class,” he said.

Jim’s Skip Bins local franchisees Rod and Esther Becher will be donating their time to run a clean up event at Nelson Reserve, and say residents wanting to be part of the efforts can simply turn up at the site any time after 9am.

Local community groups and schools will be running clean-up activities across the region and Gympie Regional Council will assist through registration of sites, supplementing the provision of clean up materials and providing refreshments throughout the day.

It is Council’s preference that volunteers do not risk their safety by collecting litter alongside main roads, particularly in areas with limited shoulders beside the road, eroded drains and traffic travelling at high speed/high volume or with obstructed vision ahead (windy roads, crests, heavily wooded).

Helpers are asked to wear old clothing with long pants and bring hats and sunscreen, gloves, drinking water and snacks plus buckets and rakes if they have them.

Either pick an area you feel needs attention or join one of the established sites across the region:

Gympie — meet at Attie Sullivan Park at 8am.

Tin Can Bay — meet at the SES shed, 25 Bream Street at 8am.

Rainbow Beach — meet at centre block at 8am.

Gympie Times


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