2013 Great Northern Clean Up to target Alva

BURDEKIN residents can help rid Alva of rubbish by taking part in this weekend’s Great Northern Clean Up.

Anyone who wants to lend a hand should simply turn up at the Alva Beach Park at 9am on Sunday (September 22).

Burdekin Shire Council Environment and Health Manager Beth Whitworth said the community clean-up event would focus on the beach and communal areas of the park and carparks and was expected to take about two hours.

“Alva and its surrounds are very popular with locals and tourists, but unfortunately not everybody cleans up after themselves,” she said.

“The Great Northern Clean Up is a great opportunity for individuals, groups and families to band together to clean up one of our beautiful beaches. Removing all the rubbish will not only make the area tidy for visitors, but also will prevent injury to wildlife.”

Volunteers should bring water, hats, sunscreen and insect repellent and wear closed-in shoes. Council will provide gloves, bags and a free barbecue and refreshments for all participants.

Founding sponsors McDonalds are again supporting the local event.

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.

“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.”


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