Bass Coast,
24
February
2014
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02:18
Australia/Melbourne

Keep Bass Coast Beautiful

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Everyone can help keep Bass Coast beautiful this year by taking part in Clean Up Australia Day this Sunday, 2 March.

With 11 registered Clean Up sites across Bass Coast Shire, residents and visitors are spoiled for choice this year.

There will be Clean Up events held at the Cowes, Newhaven, San Remo, Corinella and Coronet Bay foreshores, and also at Scenic Estate, Smiths Beach, Rhyll, Cape Woolamai and Wonthaggi Wetlands.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said volunteering a few hours of time on Clean Up Australia Day is a simple way to protect the natural environment and amazing local wildlife.

“Give a little something back to the environment by removing some litter,” Cr Rankine said.

“Volunteering is also a fantastic, feel-good activity for all family and friends to do together.”

Volunteer, Liz Glynn from the Wonthaggi Urban Landcare Group was the site supervisor for the Wonthaggi Wetlands in 2012 and 2013 and said even just a few people can make a big difference.

“Last year a group of just four volunteers removed seven bags of recyclables and two bags of rubbish, plus a dumped shopping trolley and some car tyres in just three hours,” Ms Glynn said.

“We were all very proud to be part of Clean Up Australia Day, and it would be great to see some new faces join in this year – anyone is welcome!”

Cr Rankine said audits of sites across Bass Coast found the most common types of litter were plastic items.

“Glass bottles and drink cans were still common, but by far the most common types of litter for the past two years has been plastic drink containers, small plastic bits and plastic film, and  cigarette butts were also still common,” Cr Rankine said.

“It seems that most people do the right thing with their larger waste items, so it looks like we need to focus some attention on the impact of ‘little pieces’ of litter.

“If you think about the number of straws, lolly wrappers and cigarette butts generated by the tens of thousands of people who enjoy Bass Coast beaches and reserves every summer, then you soon realise how little pieces of litter can start to add up.

“Last year a single volunteer at Coronet Bay collected 522 butts!”

Clean Up Australia Day is a fantastic family-friendly event and this year we’re also encouraging volunteers to get in the picture at a Clean Up site! Snap a selfie while in action, upload it to Twitter and let @BassCoast and @Clean_Up know how you and your friends are keeping Bass Coast beautiful!

It’s easy to volunteer – visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/join and sign up as a volunteer at your preferred site, or you can just turn up on the day.