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A big load of rubbish; volunteers help do the dirty work

Friday 8 March, 2019

Parks Victoria and community groups embraced Clean Up Australia Day with events held across the state over the weekend.

At Patterson River Launching Way a group of 15 volunteers turned up with gloves in hand, united in the common goal to clean up the beach of carelessly discarded litter.

The group picked up about 3000 pieces of rubbish weighing in around 20 kg of rubbish.

A nurdle counting station was set up, and a group of scouts got a better understanding of this pervasive environmental scourge. Nurdles are small plastic pellets or pieces of plastic that turn up in waterways and beaches, when eaten by marine life the outcomes can be dire.

For Business Clean Up Australia Day, staff from Parks Victoria’s Bourke Street office rolled up their sleeves to help keep the banks of the Yarra River healthy with a clean-up at Yarra Bend Park.

Clean parks and waterways benefit the wildlife who live in these special places so they do not become trapped in castoff plastic or digest rubbish. Removing litter also improves the amenity of parks for the local community and visitors and brings a sense of shared responsibility and satisfaction to volunteers helping out.

Community organisations including Friends Groups, Landcare groups, Surf Lifesaving Clubs, Four-wheel-drive clubs and more hosted clean-up activities in parks from Cape Liptrap Coastal Park to the Grampians National Park.

As well as participating in annual Clean Up Australia Day events, Parks Victoria encourages everyone to help keep our beaches, tracks and parks in pristine condition every day.

Quotes attributed to Leesa Riley, Statewide Volunteer Coordinator Community Partnerships, Parks Victoria:

“Rubbish dumping and littering is unfortunately an ongoing issue for Parks Victoria and we really appreciate all the volunteers and community groups who help to keep our environment healthy”

“Clean Up Australia Day is a timely reminder to visitors to take responsibility for keeping our parks free of waste and ensure no rubbish is left. If you carry it in, carry it out. Plan ahead and take simple measures before visiting a park, such as taking a refillable drink bottle or repacking your picnic lunch to reduce the amount of packaging and taking a bag to carry your rubbish home.  Most parks do not have bins so it’s important for visitors to remember that you may need to carry out all of your rubbish.”

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