Clean Up Australia Day fast approaching

February 13, 2012

Clean Up Australia Day is fast approaching. This community spirited initiative was started over 20 years ago by an “ordinary bloke’ (as he describes himself), builder and solo yachtsman Ian Kiernan.

The polluted state of the worlds oceans motivated Ian to act by targeting his own “backyard” of Sydney Harbour, and today Clean Up Australia Day has grown to be the nations largest community base environmental event.

Last Year it is estimated that 565,510 volunteers removed 16,454 tonnes of rubbish from the environment at the 7,479 registered sites across Australia. This concept is now spreading globally.

The ‘Clean Up Australia’ mission and vision is clearly stated by organisers “to inspire and work with communities to cleanup, fix up and conserve our environment.” And what a beautiful “backyard” residents of Bingara have.

Bingara is becoming a favourite destination for many tourists and return visitors. Over the last few years Clean Up Australia in Bingara has been attended by a small band of loyal volunteers and quiet achievers. This year Bingara is aiming for more volunteers, more sites and more rubbish removed from our beautiful and unique Bingara environment.

In conjunction with Gwydir Shire Council and Bingara‘s ‘Special Events Committee‘ local nurse and wildlife enthusiast Elizabeth Kakoschke has volunteered time to assist groups and individuals to register sites and co-ordinate local volunteers, as well as clean up at a favourite site on the Gwydir River foreshores.

“It’s looking good this year” stated Elizabeth. “Five sites are already registered with the possibility of more, which to my knowledge is one of the best responses in the North West; I guess it shows just how passionate Bingara residents are about caring for our town – caring for country!”

Bird eating dumped rubbish[If you don’t pick up your rubbish, think about who or what else will?]

Over the years Elizabeth has seen a number of preventable injuries resulting from thoughtless disposal of rubbish. Birds entangled in fishing line and string (including a humble tea-bag string) which has resulted in swollen and sometimes gangrenous feet. Birds hooked in trees as a result of entanglement unable to free themselves.

Where large rubbish items are unsightly and have the potential to cause environmental harm, it is smaller items that are sometimes consumed by wildlife. Mistaking plastic fragments, balloons, cigarette buts and ring pulls for food is usually fatal. Broken glass and other sharp items are dangerous to both humans and animals alike. So if you have a favourite fishing or camping spot, walking track, park, oval or street or road near your home that’s in need of a bit of a tidy up, how about volunteering a couple of hours on Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday 4th March 2011.

All volunteers must be registered to participate. Further details will be outlined in the Bingara Advocate prior to Clean Up Australia Day. If you would like help to register a site or volunteer you can contact Elizabeth Kakoschke on 0447065607 or you can directly log on to www. cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or give them a call on 1800 CUA DAY for further information.

“Be a good sport, give it a go!”