Burdekin Shire residents will clean up Alva Beach and collect valuable data to assist in the war on waste as part of a Clean Up Australia Day event on Saturday 17 March.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the clean up event was one day where the community could get together and help the environment by collecting the rubbish that was accumulating on the beach.
“Although two weeks after the official Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 4 March, the Burdekin Clean Up Australia Day event aims to achieve the same goal of empowering the community to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Council is hosting the bi-annual clean up in collaboration with Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Ayr Surf Life Saving Club and the Gudjuda Reference Group. We’re hoping to get as many people as possible down at the beach on the day so please join us – by volunteering just a few hours of your time you can make a big difference.”
The event will start at 8.30am at Alva Beach Park and conclude around midday with a barbeque lunch. Cr McLaughlin said the litter collected would be sorted, weighed and analysed to determine the main sources of the rubbish impacting the Shire’s beaches.
“In partnership with Tangaroa Blue Foundation, we’ll be looking at what rubbish is collected during the beach clean up,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“It will all culminate in a Source Reduction Workshop in April, which will bring Council, environmental agencies and community members together with the aim of creating a plan to stop those items at the source.”
The workshop is open to all interested members of the public and will be held at 8.30am on Wednesday 18 April in the Burdekin Library Loft, Ayr. To RSVP please contact Brianna Pennisi at the Council on (07) 4783 9800.
Cr McLaughlin said next week’s Alva Beach clean up was the important first step. “I encourage as many community members as possible to lend your support by joining us on the day. Please bring closed in shoes, sun safe clothing, a hat and a reusable water bottle to refill. Gloves and other equipment will be supplied,” 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.