Great Northern Clean Up to target Alva’s beaches

Grab your hats, gloves and rubbish bags and head to Alva this Sunday for the Burdekin Shire Council’s Great Northern Clean Up Day.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Alva’s beautiful beaches were a drawcard for tourists and locals.

“This area is one of the gems of our Shire, but it is also a drawcard for sea-borne litter,” she said.

“The Great Northern Clean Up Day is one day where the community can get together and help the environment by collecting the rubbish that is accumulating on our beaches.

“Not only will it help the environment, but it will lessen the dangers of this debris to us, our children and our pets.”

Cr McLaughlin said last year’s Great Northern Clean Up Day collected more than half a tonne of rubbish, including plastic, drink bottles, cans and rope, from six kilometres of beach.

“If there are quite a few people we can collect more rubbish in less time and then you could enjoy the rest of the day at the beach,” she said.

“Volunteers with utilities or four-wheel drives are welcome to help collect larger items and collection bags from along the beach.

“People should bring sunscreen, a hat and water bottle and Council will provide you with gloves and collection bags.

“A free barbecue and cold drinks will be supplied to all volunteers at the Alva Beach Park after the clean up.”

The Burdekin Great Northern Clean Up Day will be held at Alva Beach Park at 9am, Sunday October 16.

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