Thank you to everyone who participated in 2014 Clean Up Australia Day! Australians in their hundreds of thousands have once again made Clean Up Australia Day an outstanding success.
This year over 572,406 volunteers at around 7,140 registered sites have put themselves in the picture to clean up and preserve their local parks, waterways, beaches, sporting fields, bushland and roadways. That's an estimated 15,708 tonnes of rubbish removed from our prized environment.
Clean Up Australia would also like to thank the local councils who support Clean Up Australia Day in a variety of ways. Every year they help make this amazing community event a real success. This is a great community event brininging together friend, family, neighbours, team-mates and colleagues. There is no other event like it in the Southern Hemisphere. We can all be proud of our achievements.
In 1989 an 'average Australian bloke' had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard - Clean Up Sydney Harbour. The event received an enormous public response with more than 40,000 Sydneysiders donating their time and energy to clean up the harbour.
The next year Clean Up Australia Day was born. Ian and his committee believed that if a capital city could be mobilised into action, then so could the whole nation. Almost 300,000 volunteers turned out on the first Clean Up Australia Day in 1990 and that involvement has steadily increased ever since.
This simple idea has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event. Now in its 22nd year, the event attracts hundreds of thousands of volunteers from the community, schools and businesses to help clean up, fix up and conserve their environment.
In 2012 more than 591,400 volunteers across Australia helped to celebrate 22 years of Clean Up Australia by donning gloves and filling up Clean Up Australia Day rubbish bags with an estimated 16,199 tonnes of rubbish at 7,363 registered Sites across Australia. A big well done to everyone involved!
"Simple, easy actions can protect the health of our water resources and help save drinking water supplies. There is not one individual who cannot help to make a difference to the health of the environment" - Ian Kiernan AO.
Ian Kiernan's vision is an apolitical, non-profit community campaign in which everyone can participate.