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ANALYSIS REVEALS REGIONAL QLDS MOST POLLUTED AREAS

Analysis reveals regional QLDs most polluted areas

Media Release - 3 February, 2009

Roadways across regional QLD are the most polluted sites in the state, analysis released today by Clean Up Australia has found.

At the regional Queensland launch of Clean Up Australia Day 2009 at the Gold Coast, Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO revealed that in 2008 roadways topped the state’s most polluted list with an average of 786 items per site.

School grounds and beach/coastal areas rated as second and third most polluted sites with 323 items and 315 items respectively.

The most polluted sites across QLD in 2008 (the highest average number of rubbish items per site type during the 2008 Clean Up Australia Day) were:

1. Roadways – Ave. 786 items per site
2. School Grounds – Ave. 323 items per site
3. Beach/Coastal – Ave. 315 items per site
4. Rivers/Creeks – Ave. 315 items per site
5. Parks/Waterfront – Ave. 264 items per site

Mr Kiernan said that a big community effort in regional QLD is now needed on Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday 1 March, to help change the situation.

“Regional Queensland is home to some of the world’s most unique and beautiful natural landscapes. It’s a shame to see them being rubbished,” Mr Kiernan said.

“Queensland’s roadways have unfortunately become dumping grounds for rubbish, such as plastic bottles, cans and chip packets.

“In fact, more than twice as much rubbish is found on Queensland’s roadsides than in the state’s school grounds – the second most polluted sites.

“No one likes to see rubbish lying around anywhere, especially in iconic areas like along the Queensland coastline. It’s not only unsightly but it’s also damaging our environment and harming local wildlife.

“That’s why I’d like to see all Queenslanders out on Clean Up Australia Day Sunday 1 March helping to clean up the state. After all, if you don’t help Clean Up Australia, who will?”

Anyone can register a Clean Up site simply by going to www.cleanup.org.au or by calling 1800 CUA DAY (1800 282 329).

For further information of interviews contact Alana Mew, 0423 377 567

 
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