Get your hands dirty for a greener Australia

Gearing up for Clean Up Australia Day this Sunday is NSW Fire Brigades mascot Bernie Cinders with Lismore City Council environmental health services coordinator Andrew Hanna and Goonellabah Fire Brigade members (rear l-r) Konrad Sawczynski, Shane Wells, Joel McEwan, Kevin Muldoon and Crystal Maher.

Tens of thousands of dollars is spent on television advertisements and stickers telling people to do the right thing and not be a tosser, but unfortunately it seems not everybodys listening.

Rubbish continues to clog streets, litter parks and pollute waterways everywhere, which is why its so important for people to grab a pair of gloves and join in the 17th annual Clean Up Australia Day this Sunday, March 5.

The clean up only takes a couple of hours out of your Sunday and according to Lismore City Council environmental health services coordinator, Andrew Hanna, its a great thing to do with kids and helps instill respect for the environment from a very young age.

The litter we see everyday on the ground, and that includes all the cigarette butts, inevitably ends up in our local waterways, which has a detrimental affect on natural habitat not to mention looking pretty unattractive, Andrew said. We live in a very beautiful part of the world and the community needs to be pro-active in keeping it that way. This year we have been greatly encouraged by the number of community groups that have already registered including the Dunoon Cubs, Lismore Girl Guides, Goonellabah Fire Brigade, Lismore Rotary and WIRES. And its not too late for other groups and individuals to get involved. If you cant make it to an official site, then simply grab a bag and some gloves, get together with friends or neighbours and make a positive contribution towards the environment in your own backyard.

Volunteers should go to Lismore City Hall at 8am this Sunday and bring sturdy shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen. Council will provide gloves and litter bags for collectors as well as light refreshments.

Other meeting points around the region include:

Ballina Shire: Prospect Lake rowing sheds from 7am; Southern Cross School; Pimlico Hall; South Ballina Beach; Alstonville Plaza from 9am. Info Ballina Council 6686 4444.

Richmond Valley Shire: Coraki Memorial Park from 9am and Evans Head Recreation Hall from 8am. Info Karla Dzendolet 6660 0282.

Kyogle Shire: Kyogle Showground from 9am. Info Kyogle Council 6632 1611.

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