Setting example for clean-up day
A GROUP of young workers is setting the pace for others to follow in the lead-up to Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday.
A Green Corps group working in the Tweed spent yesterday away from their regular project activities to clear litter and rubbish from a stretch of beachfront land at Kingscliff as their contribution to the community effort for the annual clean-up.
The group scoured the dunal area and parkland from the Kingscliff Bowls Club to the North Kingscliff caravan park picking up bags of mostly plastic wrappers, bottles and packaging at the popular site.
In conjunction with their project partner, Tweed Shire Council, the Green Corps group of 17 to 20-year-olds has been working for three weeks on a major project at the Stott's Creek landfill facility which will take around six months to complete.
Where landfill zones have been filled to capacity and capped, the Green Corps troops move in to conduct erosion control, weed removal and revegetation planting.
The site is on the northern edge of the developing Tweed Botanic Gardens project at Duranbah, and the work is being done in conjunction with a garden master plan.
It incorporates the gradual landfilling of a quarry which is also being revegetated and rehabilitated.
Towards the end of the project, the Green Corps will hold a public open day to exhibit the fruits of their labours.
Supervisor Wayne Winter said the Green Corps philosophy was based on three main pillars, environmental, community and youth development through accredited training.
"Participants undertake vital work to help restore the environment, they take part in community activities like Clean Up Australia Day, Earth Week, Youth week and National Tree Day, and they train in subjects from the TAFE Conservation and Land Management course, a recognised course for which they receive a certificate," he said.
"The Clean Up Australia activity is part of their involvement in community events."
Mr Winter said he hoped when the general community saw young people willing to work to help the environment they too would be encouraged to contact the council to find out how they could help at this Sunday's clean-up.