RESIDENTS can help rid Beachmount of rubbish by taking part in the Great Northern Clean Up this Sunday (September 16).
Anyone who wants to lend a hand should simply turn up at the meeting point – the first car park along Beachmount Road at 8.30am on Sunday.
Clean Up Australia’s Chairman and founder, Ian Kiernan AO, encouraged Burdekin residents to do their bit towards protecting their local environment.
“Everyone can do their bit for Australia, individually or as part of a team. The Great Northern Clean Up is a simple way you can clean up, fix up and conserve our greatest resource – Australia,” he said.
“The Great Northern Clean Up is a great way to get rid of rubbish left behind by receding floodwaters, cyclones, irresponsible tourists and illegal dumpers.
“By removing this rubbish before the next wet season kicks in we prevent it being washed into our rivers, creeks and oceans, where it is potentially lethal to marine life.”
Burdekin Shire Council Environmental Health Manager Tracy Jensen said the community clean-up event would focus on the beach itself and was expected to take about two hours.
“This is a great opportunity for individuals, groups and families to band together and clean up one of our beautiful beaches,” she said.
“There are lots of marine turtles at Beachmount, so removing as much rubbish from the beach helps to protect these turtles.
“The Great Northern Clean Up is a good excuse to get a band of volunteers together and return the beach to a pristine condition for the protection of turtles.”
Volunteers should bring water, hats, sunscreen, insect repellent and wear closed-in shoes. Council will provide gloves, bags and refreshments.
Founding sponsors McDonalds are again supporting the local event.
For more information about the Great Northern Clean up, visit www.greatnortherncleanup.org.au