Twelve local sites nominated for Clean Up Australia Day

February 20, 2013

Bingara site registrations for the annual Clean Up Australia Day event on Sunday March 3 have risen once again, with a total of 12 sites nominated for attention by local volunteers. More evidence of the strong community spirit that is present in the Bingara community.

Ian Kiernan is the founder of Clean Up Australia Day, which has been an annual event for over 20 years. 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 based environmental event.

Gwydir Shire’s waterways and the beautiful Gwydir River will once again be the focus of volunteers’ efforts.

With 12 local sites nominated, there are plenty of options to choose from around the beautiful Bingara local area.

On Clean Up Australia Day 2012 an estimated 591, 400 volunteers cleaned up 16,169 tonnes of rubbish at 7,363 sites across Australia.

At Bingara, 80 volunteers cleaned up at 9 sites, collected bags and bags of environmental rubbish, most of which was recyclable. Many reported they left with the sense of achievement of a day well spent.

Volunteer local coordinator, Elizabeth Kakoschke was extremely pleased with the response and participation of volunteers in the 2012 event and is looking forward to this year’s event.

“The focus is on removing rubbish from the environment; removing the carelessly discarded waste that poses a threat to both children, adults, wildlife and domestic animals alike. It is also a day that gives people a purpose to be out in the environment, a few hours to appreciate the beautiful areas around Bingara and you never know what surprises you might find.”

Although site registrations have now closed, volunteers registrations are still most welcomed. “Many hands make light work.”

Enquires regarding local sites can be directed to Elizabeth Kakoschke (mob: 0447 065 607) or by logging onto

More details including a full list of registered sites at Bingara and supervisors for this year’s Clean Up Australia event will be available in next weeks Bingara Advocate.