Do you bit to clean up the region this March

Clean Up Australia Day volunteer Olivia Harrison, 2, prepares to help clean up.
Clean Up Australia Day volunteer Olivia Harrison, 2, prepares to help clean up. Tanya Easterby

RESIDENTS are encouraged to do their bit to clean up the Gympie region by volunteering on Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, March 3.

Gympie Regional Council is calling for people to register now for clean-up events organised across the region, from Widgee to Cooloola Cove.

Waste management portfolio councillor Mick Curran said there were approximately 26 registered clean-up sites, with most open and very keen for volunteers.

"Clean Up Australia Day is the nation's largest community-based environment event," Cr Curran said.

"The day provides our community with the opportunity to come together to reduce the impact we have on our environment.

"With the flood events and trail of waste flooding leaves behind, I encourage the community to come out in force on March 3 in support of the region's recovery effort."

In 2012, an estimated 591,400 volunteers cleaned up 16,169 tonnes at 7363 sites across the nation as part of Clean Up Australia Day.

"Our region has always put in a tremendous effort and, in light of recent events, we hope this year will be even bigger and better," Cr Curran said.

"Volunteers should remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear, hats and other sun protection and their own gloves, although disposable gloves will also be available."

Registered site co-ordinators are provided with official clean-up kits, including bags, disposable gloves, event information and public liability cover.

To register as a volunteer at your nearest site or for more information, go to www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/get-involved.

Volunteers are also welcome to join in on the day at open sites, an organising group spokesman said.

Where to go

  • Attie Sullivan Park (south of the Normanby Bridge)
  • Six Mile Rest Stop - 7.30am.
  • Rainbow Beach Community Centre - 8am
  • Dagun State School - 7am
  • Kandanga Post Office - 9am Billabong Park, Billabong Park (behind Cooloola Cove shopping centre) - 8.30am
  • Outside Widgee State School - 7am.
  • Tin Can Bay SES shed - 8am.
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