Bass Coast,
24
February
2017
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03:00
Australia/Melbourne

Keeping our environment clean

Volunteers from around Bass Coast will once again help clean up our environment and keep Bass Coast beautiful for Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, 5 March.

The annual event encourages businesses, schools and community groups to make a difference and play a part in keeping our environment clean.

In 2016 over 682,000 volunteers helped the environment by removing rubbish from around 7,117 sites across Australia, removing an estimated 15.6 thousand tonnes of rubbish over a week of action.

There are already 12 sites registered around the Shire, including parks and beaches from Inverloch to Phillip Island and Corinella. Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said Clean Up Australia Day has always been well supported by the Bass Coast community.

“Our recent community engagement around establishing themes for the 2017-2021 Council Plan, highlighted how the people of Bass Coast value our natural environment and are passionate about protecting it,” Cr Rothfield said.

“I applaud those who volunteer to keep our Shire beautiful and pristine by being involved in events like Clean Up Australia Day – it is fantastic!

“Council continues to proudly support Clean Up Australia events by providing free waste collection and disposal for all known registered Clean Up sites in our Shire. Clean Up Australia Day is a great excuse to get outdoors and make a difference by helping protect our special natural environment and wildlife.”

Local community members can register their own site with friends, family, colleagues or local clubs, or can join a site which already exists by visiting www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/register.

Clean up sites can vary from local parks, waterways, beaches, sporting fields, bushland and road ways.

Clean Up Australia will send each organiser a clean-up kit, which includes 10 rubbish bags and 10 recycling bags, plus some gloves and tongs, when they register. The Clean Up Kits can take a little while to arrive, so get in quick if you plan on registering a new site.

For more information, please contact Council’s Sustainable Environment Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.