SCHOOL students made their way to Woonona beach today (Friday, February 28) to replace litter with low-lying shrubs and grasses for the launch of Clean Up Australia Day 2020.
Celebrating 30 years of Clean Up Australia Day community groups will have their opportunity to take part in cleaning up sites throughout the city on Sunday March 1.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery joined students from East Woonona Public School for the clean-up efforts today.
“We know that our younger generations are passionate about their local beaches and parks and it’s great that students from East Woonona Public School came along today to help tidy and plant along the dunes,” Cr Bradbery said.
“We will also work with the local Woonona community on Sunday as part of the official day.
“Cigarette butts, plastics and packaging are the most common types of rubbish we find in the city. This rubbish makes it way to our beaches through the stormwater system. This rubbish can have a devastating impact on our marine and bird life.
“This year, Clean Up Australia Day will focus on improving waterways, roadsides, parks, reserve, beaches and bushland areas.”
Today 40 schools took part in clean up activities across the city. Over the weekend 25 community sites will be available where volunteers can register and take part.
Last year volunteers collected more than eight tonnes of garbage from various sites throughout the Wollongong local government area. It is estimated that about 130,000 tonnes of Australia plastic ends up in waterways and ocean each year.
All clean up bags and registration forms will be provided on Sunday March 1 from 9am to 12 noon at the registration points.
Volunteers are asked to bring along their own gloves, sturdy footwear and to remember to slip, slop and slap.
Clean up sites include:
Saturday February 29:
- Otford Tennis Courts: From 9am
- Bellambi Lagoon: Sign in from 8am to 8.30am
- Fairy Meadow: Near surf club and Puckey’s Reserve: 10am to 1pm
Sunday March 1:
- Helensburgh: Old Mine Surgery, 78 Parkes Street: 10am to 1pm
- Bulli: Sharkey Beach, near mouth of Slacky Creek: 6pm – 7pm
- Woonona Surf Life Saving Club: 9am – 12pm
- North Wollongong: Puckey’s Estate: 9am – 12pm
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