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Keep 4017 Beautiful

Keep 4017 Beautiful
Sandgate Guide - Feb 28, 2017 10:04
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Help keep your favourite local spots beautiful by lending a hand at Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, March 5.

This year celebrates the 27th national Clean Up Australia Day, with volunteers tidying up local parks, streets, bushland, beaches and waterways.

Teams are being coordinated at popular spots including Decker Park, Brighton, Sandgate Foreshore, Shorncliffe Pier, McPherson Park, Bracken Ridge, and there is still time get involved.

Clean Up Australia Day is Australia’s largest community mobilisation event, annually attracting more than half a million people to clean up their local area.

Brighton resident Frank Box has been involved with Clean Up Australia Day for seven years and he is also the vice-president of Keep Sandgate Beautiful Association.

Frank is coordinating the clean-up at Decker Park, Brighton, on March 5, with volunteers meeting at the shelter near the carpark at 6.30am.

Frank believes it is important to conserve the local environment and that getting involved on the day is a great experience.

“Early morning is a lovely time to be meeting new people in a shared activity,” Frank says.

“Apart from meeting others, we should all get close to rubbish occasionally; it makes us think about how we live. 

“Decker Park has it all. It is a classic park with trees, playground, grass, shelter sheds, plus the beach.”

Many local schools are getting involved on School Clean Up Day on Friday, March 3.

If you would like to volunteer, find your nearest clean-up site by visiting the website, cleanupaustraliaday.org.au and clicking on ‘Join a Clean Up Site’.

Alternatively, if you have found a rubbish hotspot that needs attention, register a new site online or phone 1800 282 329 and get your friends and family involved. All volunteers are encouraged to wear closed in shoes, gloves, hat, sunscreen and eye protection and carry plenty of water. Rubbish bags will be provided.