Bass Coast,

Volunteers Keep Bass Coast Clean


Bass Coast Shire Council has thanked all the volunteers who participated in Clean Up Australia Day across the region, helping to make Bass Coast a cleaner place for everyone.

Dozens of local residents showed their willingness to volunteer their time to help remove litter from their favourite outdoor places and help protect our region’s world renown natural environment and wildlife.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said Council gratefully acknowledges all the efforts made by volunteers.

“We had 15 sites cleaned up across Bass Coast, with groups collecting bags of rubbish and recyclables.”

Phillip Island Junior Girl Guide Unit Leader, Emma Hadrian, said her Junior Girl Guides cleaned up around Dunsmore Road and the Cowes industrial estate.

“We had 16 girls and four adults, and in just half an hour we managed to fill three large recycling bags and three large rubbish bags,” Ms Hadrian said.

“Our most common items were glass bottles, cigarette butts, and we even collected a huge pile of discarded magazines.

“We are proud of these girls as they took on the task with vigour and excitement.”

Friends of the Koalas also cleaned up 10 bags of rubbish from roadsides at Harbison Road, Fiveways, the top of Coghlan Road and a section of the Rhyll-Newhaven Road with only three volunteers.

Rhyll Coast Action collected a clothes line, among other hard rubbish, along the Rhyll Cowes Road between Rhyll and Conservation Hill, while the Wonthaggi Urban Landcare Group were pleased to see rubbish had continued to decrease during their clean up of the Wonthaggi Wetlands.

Cr Brown encouraged residents and visitors to think twice about littering, and instead to keep an eye out for rubbish to pick up not only on Clean Up Australia Day, but every day.

“We all need to take more responsibility for our local environment, and help those who volunteer their time by making Bass Coast a cleaner place all year round.”