John and Lou Carothers are doing their bit to help keep Australia beautiful – by taking part in the adopt-a-road program in their area.
John and Lou Carothers are doing their bit to help keep Australia beautiful – by taking part in the adopt-a-road program in their area. Renee Pilcher

Residents clean up The Dawn

“THAT’S disgusting isn’t it,” Lou Carothers said of the amount of empty glass bottles of alcohol mixers strewn along the roads at The Dawn.

“Fast food packaging is the biggest littering problem,” her husband John added.

Residents of the beautiful area between Jones Hill and Long Flat for the past 17 years, the Carothers began picking up litter a decade ago while on their daily walk and have now turned that walk into an official adopt-a-road exercise.

“Adopt-a-road is a litter management component of the Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) program,” Lou said.

“We had never heard of adopt-a-road until we became judges for KAB.”

Two other couples in the area have joined John and Lou in their endeavours.

John said one of the new adopt-a-road members recently found an “unbelievable” number of plastic iced coffee bottles that had been thrown from a bridge and landed on the railway line below.

The beauty of The Dawn is in keeping with the region – ranging from spectacular to breathtaking – depending on the season and the day, so one has to wonder what makes someone throw rubbish out their car windows.

“When we cleaned up the entrance to our suburb there was a lot of stuff that had fallen or been blown off the back of trucks.

“The other big thing is the amount of rubbish left when houses are being constructed.”

For Lou, one of the anti-litter weapons is early education.

“KAB has a free and healthy schools program and it’s all about the environment – recycling, resource management.

“I’ve seen some phenomenal schools and what they do.”

Anyone interested in joining the adopt-a-road program can contact Lou on frogdreaming@bigpond.com

KAB will send out kits containing a coloured vest, tongs and gloves to keep safe while picking up litter.

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