Cleaning up Bass Coast

Volunteers from across the region joined forces to fill their rubbish bags and clean up our environment on Sunday, 5 March.

This year there were a total of 17 Clean Up Australia sites registered across Bass Coast Shire.

At Cape Paterson, 29 eager helpers collected 10 bags of rubbish and 10 bags of recycling from the Cape Paterson beaches, with glass alcoholic beverage bottles being the most collected item.

The Cape Paterson clean up also included the removal of two couches from the surf beaches with the help of the local Surf Lifesavers.

At the Scenic Estate Reserve on Phillip Island, a much smaller team of six collected 10 bags of rubbish and recycling, and the 1st Inverloch Scout Group did their bit by cleaning up from the Scout Hall in Reilly Street all the way to Rainbow Park and The Glade.

The Wonthaggi Urban Landcare Group targeted a local public bushland area, the Wonthaggi Wetlands.

“It was pleasing to see the Wetlands in such excellent condition with very little litter,” Co-ordinator for the Wonthaggi site, Liz Glynn, said.

“However, the majority of rubbish collected was wind-driven litter from the Wonthaggi Plaza Car Park.”

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, commented on how fantastic it is to see so many people involved in the Clean Up Australia Day initiative.

“I am always inspired and impressed by the contributions of volunteers in our Community,” Cr Rothfield said.

“Whether it be picking up rubbish or coordinating a group and organising a registered site, the efforts of these volunteers make a valuable contribution to Bass Coast and do not go unnoticed.”

Clean Up Australia Day is an annual event to remind us of our responsibility to help protect and care for our environment.

If you missed out on being involved this year’s Clean Up Day, don’t worry – you can participate in keeping our environment clean every day of the year by being mindful and responsible about litter.