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Council calls on the Fraser Coast to Step Up in 2020

31 January 2020

Council is appealing for residents to step up on Sunday 1 March and help reduce the amount of rubbish littering the Fraser Coast by joining in Clean Up Australia Day activities.

“We are asking everyone to step up and clean up on Sunday 1 March to collect as much litter as we can before it causes harm,” Fraser Coast Mayor, George Seymour said.

“We all have a role to play in looking after our local environment and Clean Up Australia Day is a great opportunity to pitch in to help look after our region.

“Every hand helps.”

Clean Up Australia Day is the nation's largest community-based mobilisation event, and last year more than 680,000 volunteers removed more than 15,000 ute loads of rubbish from the 6,901 registered locations across the country.

Clean Up Australia Chairman Pip Kiernan said Australia creates 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste each year. Only 12% of this is recycled with the rest ending up in our parks, roadsides, bush, waterways, the ocean or in landfill as rubbish.

Clean Up Australia is more than just volunteers picking up rubbish. The charity works with community, business, schools and governments all year round to reduce waste and fix waste problems.             

All of the funds raised through donations go to educational resources and clean up materials which are provided free to community, school and youth groups across the nation, throughout the year.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Clean Up sites will be at Fisherman’s Park, Urangan; Brendan Hansen Park, Granville; and Brennan Park, Dundowran between 7am and 10am on Sunday March 1.

Head to www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/ to join a Fraser Coast clean up site or create your own clean up site.

If you don’t want to register online you can still walk in on the day and get involved.

Please bring a water bottle, hat, sturdy shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen. Gloves will be provided.