Burdekin’s Great Northern Clean Up targets Burdekin River bed

Burdekin Shire Council is calling on owners of quad bikes and 4WD utes to help clean up the Burdekin River bed as part of the Great Northern Clean Up on September 14.

Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said there was a lot of illegally dumped rubbish being left in the river bed such as general waste, household furniture, appliances and car bodies.

“If we can get people with quads and 4WDs to come down to help clean up the river bed then we can prevent this rubbish being washed out to sea when the river next floods,” he said.

“It’s a little bit of a different approach, but I’m sure there are lots of people out there who would love the chance to spend a morning down the river bed doing their bit to clean it up.

“We have spoken with the police and have been advised quads were allowed to be in the river bed, but must be legally transported to the end of Burdekin Rd, Home Hill.”

Mr Mulcahy said those wanting to help with the Burdekin’s Great Northern Clean Up would be supplied with a free BBQ and refreshments.

“It would be great to see the community come together and clean up the source of our region’s liquid gold,” he said.

“The rubbish being left in the river bed includes items which could be placed in the red bin, or most of it can be taken to the waste transfer stations at no cost.

“Car wrecks can be sold to the wreckers, so I just don’t understand why people would go through the effort of dragging a car down the river.”

The Burdekin Great Northern Clean Up will be held on Sunday, September 14, from 10am-noon. Those wanting to participate are to meet at the end of Burdekin Road, Home Hill, to collect free gloves and bags. It is advised participants wear a hat, long-sleeved shirt and enclosed shoes. Sunscreen and insect repellent will be available on the day.

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