Help to clean up Tweed
GRAB your gloves, bin bags, hats and sunscreen – it’s nearly time for Clean Up Australia Day.
Sunday, March 6 is the date for Australia’s largest community environmental event and there are plenty of ways to get involved throughout the Tweed region.
Getting your hands dirty has gone high-tech this year with a free Clean Up Australia Day iPhone app launched to help volunteers find their nearest clean-up site using Google Maps.
The Pottsville Community Association has once again registered a group and will be cleaning at Hardy Park from 6.30am DST.
Another group will be keeping the Kingscliff coastline pristine, meeting at Faulks Park from 8am, with bags, gloves and certificates provided.
Tweed school children are also getting in on the action, with time on Friday set aside for students to clean up school grounds at both Tweed Heads Public School and Tweed Heads South Public School.
Trevor “Big Trev” Arbon, who owns and operates Big Trev’s Watersports, will be leading the charge once again, heading a clean-up at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
Big Trev is hoping to get plenty of locals out to clean up the famous Tweed coastline, and has even lined up some divers to get rubbish out of the river.
“I’m keen to get as many people down as possible, and they should bring gloves, bring hats – I’ll have sunscreen here,” he said. “I’m expecting anywhere from 50 to 70 people, and hopefully the weather will be good to us.
“We’ll work on the harbour, and move along the river towards the Anchorage.”
He also called on people attending the Quiksilver Pro to keep the area clean of rubbish during the event.
Maria Edwards, from the Murwillumbah Commonwealth Bank, said about 10 staff and their partners would be cleaning up Budd Park and they welcomed anyone wanting to join in.
“We aim to start the day with a barbecue breakfast, then get stuck into the clean-up.”
Clean Up Australia Day began in 1989, when founder Ian Kiernan organized a clean-up of Sydney Harbour.
Now more than half a million volunteers register to help each year, with more than 6000 sites around Australia already registered this year.
To register as a volunteer for a site, visit cleanupaustraliaday.org.au
Events will be held across the Tweed Shire. Visit cleanupaustralia day.org.au