Volunteer for Clean Up Australia Day and keep the Macleay beautiful

Media release - 28 February 2019

Community members are being encouraged to do their bit to keep the Macleay Valley beautiful and volunteer for Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, 3 March.

Participants can register as individuals, community groups or schools to join forces and remove rubbish from local parks, bushland, beaches and waterways.

Council’s Coordinator Waste Services, Gavin Hughes, said Clean Up Australia Day had become the largest community-based environmental event since it began in 1990.

“Kempsey Shire Council is proud to support Clean Up Australia Day and work with volunteers in our local communities to ensure we have a clean environment to live, work and play,” Mr Hughes said.

“There are several locations registered across Kempsey Shire for volunteers to collect waste and recyclables, including sites at West and South Kempsey, Crescent Head, Clybucca, Dondingalong and Barraganyatti.”

Volunteers are encouraged to join a clean-up by registering at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au  to reduce waste before it becomes a problem for the environment.

“The key to success is stopping litter in the first place. We have free Midwaste ‘Picitup’ kits available at Council’s Customer Services Centre for those wanting to participate in ongoing litter prevention,” Mr Hughes said.

Clean Up Australia Day site supervisors are encouraged to contact Council if they would like free assistance with the disposal of collected waste and recycling from the day.

Over the last 29 years, volunteers have donated more than 33 million hours and removed the equivalent of 350,000 ute loads of rubbish.

Group of Clean Up Australia Day volunteersChange starts with you this Clean Up Australia Day so volunteer to remove rubbish at one of the Macleay’s sites on Sunday