Burdekin residents to band together for Great Northern Clean Up

Burdekin Shire residents are being encouraged to descend on Alva this 14 October for the Great Northern Clean Up Day.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Alva’s beaches were important recreational and tourist drawcards for the Shire however they were also impacted by litter.

“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,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Council runs the Great Northern Clean Up Day annually in partnership with Tangaroa Blue and Reef Blitz. So far, over one tonne of rubbish has been collected from Alva Beach in three separate clean-up efforts, with glass and plastic bottles being the most abundant litter.

“This enormous effort was done by just a handful of good-willed volunteers.

“We’d love to see even more people get involved in this year’s clean up day.”

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Ayr Surf Life Saving Club in Sandowns St, Alva, at 8.30am.

Cr McLaughlin said people should bring closed in shoes, sun safe clothing and a hat. Gloves and other equipment will be supplied.

“A free barbecue and cold drinks will be supplied to all volunteers at the Alva Beach Park after the clean up to thank them for their efforts,” she said.

The Great Northern Clean Up Day is supported by NQ Dry Tropics through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Cr McLaughlin said the event aimed to get people thinking about the effect of human activities on the environment.

“It’s an opportunity to spend some time caring for our local community and taking pride in Alva Beach by cleaning up,” she said.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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