BELLA and Natasha Flint of Terranora found some of the rubbish discarded on the Tweed a bit on the nose.
BELLA and Natasha Flint of Terranora found some of the rubbish discarded on the Tweed a bit on the nose. Craig Sadler

Clean up Australia Day on Tweed

SHOES, wallets and car parts were among the more unusual rubbish items collected by Tweed residents during Clean Up Australia Day.

Seven-year-old Merrick Chapman convinced his family to take part in yesterday's national clean-up because he thought it was the right thing to do.

The environmentally-conscious Tweed Heads boy arrived at Jack Evans Boat Harbour with his parents, Lisa and Paul, sister Lily, 11, and Jai Watsford, 7.

They collected cigarette butts, plastic bottles, cans, bottle tops and takeaway food wrappers.

“We went up towards D-bah (Duranbah) and we filled a recycling bag and two white bags,” Mrs Chapman said.

“We even found a wallet and a couple of pairs of shoes.”

Alex Hardcastle, 10, filled a whole shopping trolley of rubbish with the help of his sister Kelly, 8, and father Dave.

Steph Schmidinger from Kirra took her children Tye, 9, and Laila, 10, to Greenmount Beach for the clean-up.


“I was surprised - it wasn't as bad as I thought,” Ms Schmidinger said. “But we got heaps and heaps of cigarette butts.

“It was so nice to have people stop and thank us for what we were doing and tell the kids they were doing a good job.”

Clean Up Australia Day site co-ordinator Trevor “Big Trev” Arbon said it was wonderful to see so many families getting involved.

“There's probably been about 60 people who have turned up,” Big Trev said. “I'm very happy with the turnout.”



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