A team of young eco-warriors is tackling Australia’s biggest cleanup day by water this year.
More than 70 Scouts members are taking part in Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, March 4 by cleaning the waterways of Cabbage Tree Creek and Nudgee Creek.
Basing themselves from Brownsea Water Activity Centre at Shorncliffe, the young volunteers will be cleaning up about 20 kilometres of creek and banks by kayak and canoe.
The scouts are not alone. Teams of volunteers right across 4017 are preparing to clean up local parks, streets, bushland, beaches and waterways, and there is still time to get involved.
Brownsea region leader Lee Rossow, who is coordinating the Shorncliffe clean up, believes it is important the whole community gets behind initiatives such as Clean Up Australia Day.
“It is critical for all generations to be involved and to have fun doing it,’’ Lee says.
“The protected areas of Boondall Wetlands and surrounds, along with the protected marine zone of Nundah Creek, are vital natural habitats, which need protecting and monitoring.’’
Lee and his team will be paddling from Brownsea up Cabbage Tree Creek from 9am. Members of the public with their own craft are welcome to join them.
“We will also have a safety boat, which we can put larger or sharp items in,’’ he says.
“A lot of debris builds up in some of the swirling backwaters of Cabbage Tree Creek, especially after rain and floods.
“It is important that we have continual monitoring of these important areas for the continuation of the existence of key species.”
Clean Up Australia Day began in 1989 as an initiative to clean up Sydney Harbour, but it now attracts almost one million volunteers at various events across the country each year.
Many local schools are getting involved on School Clean Up Day on Friday, March 2.
If you would like to volunteer, find your closest clean-up site by visiting cleanupaustraliaday.org.au. Alternatively register a new site online and get your friends and family involved.
All volunteers need to wear closed in shoes, gloves, hat, sunscreen and eye protection and carry plenty of water. Rubbish bags will be provided.