Thank you to everyone who participated in 2013 Clean Up Australia Day! Despite some wet and wild weather it has been another great year of community involvement!
This year an estimated 550,330 volunteers at over 7341 registered sites came together and helped clean up, fix up and preserve our local streets, parks, beaches and bushland. That's an estimated 16,150 tonnes of rubbish removed from our prized environment.
Clean Up Australia would also like to thank and acknowledge 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. With the recent wild weather in some parts of NSW, QLD and WA we have had some postponements of clean up events for later in March and we would like to also thank those councils who are continuing to support these community sites with rubbish collection.
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.