Cleaning up the Tweed
COOLANGATTA resident Gigi Law recalls her mum needing no special occasion to clean up the beaches.
She will form part of the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Clean Up Australia Day team tomorrow.
“As a little kid my mum always used to pick up rubbish,” Ms Law said.
“It’s a nice tradition to see people come together to clean up.”
Last year more than 536,000 Australians joined in the campaign, picking up almost 16,000 tonnes of rubbish across the country, including in the Tweed.
Trevor “Big Trev” Arbon, from Big Trev’s Watersports at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, is organiser of the crew and has been involved with Clean Up Australia Day since its inception 26 years ago.
“We want people to come and help out,” Mr Arbon said.
“It’s about teaching the kids respect for the place where they live and which they enjoy. It’s going to be a great day.”
The clean-up will take place at Jack Evans Boat Harbour from 10am–noon (NSW).
Mr Arbon said there would also be fun activities for all ages.
There are 18 clean-up groups registered for the Tweed Shire.
To join one or create your own, visit cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.
Meanwhile Roads and Maritime Services crews have been out in force this week in a maintenance campaign to support Clean Up Australia Day.
An RMS spokesperson said extra maintenance work was scheduled across NSW to help ensure 21,000km of road, 2137km of coastline and 32,242 sq km of waterways were clean and tidy.
“Clean Up Australia Day is an annual event aimed at reducing litter across the country and the NSW Government is excited to be taking part,” the spokesperson said.
“Unfortunately many people treat NSW waterways and roads like rubbish dumps.
“Roads and Maritime invests about $9.2 million per annum across the state in litter clean-up.”