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BARWON RIVER LAUNCHES REGIONAL CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY

Barwon River Launches Regional Clean Up Australia Day

Media Release - 16 February 2010

Parliamentary Secretary for the environment, Michael Crutchfield launched the regional Clean Up Australia Day 2010 today at Moonah Park, Barwon Heads.   

Mr Crutchfield said the focus of National Clean Up Australia Day 2010, which will be held on Sunday 7 March, is our bays and rivers, which offer Victorians a vast array of recreational opportunities and are home to unique and vital ecosystems.

Mr Crutchfield was joined by Clean Up Australia’s Chairman, Ian Kiernan AO, and students from Barwon Heads Primary School.

Ian Kiernan encouraged schools, business and community members to make a real difference to their local environment by registering a Clean Up site.  

Parks Victoria and Clean Up Australia are working with the Geelong community, schools and businesses to clean up the Barwon River and its catchment.  

The partnership is in its third year of a three year sponsorship, which has seen nearly 100 tonnes of rubbish pulled from the Barwon River.

“Over the past three years, the entire community has come together to remove rubbish such as car bodies, lounge suites, fridges, plastic bags, bottles and other litter,” Mr Crutchfield said.  “The Clean Up activities undertaken by the community are vital, particularly when you consider that the Barwon River is responsible for the majority of Geelong’s water supply.”

“There are easy ways that we can all protect our precious water resources.  Community involvement can increase environmental outcomes and help prevent future contamination of our waterways from stormwater pollution through litter.”

Parks Victoria’s Regional Manager, Chris McCormack, said: “Clean Up Australia Day has been highly successful in increasing community engagement in the local environment, and the sense of pride that comes with looking after our important natural assets.”

Schools can participate by cleaning up their school yards, incorporating recycling, and cleaning up a local site, park or section of the Barwon.  Similarly, businesses are urged to clean up their local work places, parks, beaches and the Barwon River.

The events planned are:

  • Tuesday  March 2 – Business Clean Up Day
  • Friday March 5 – Schools Clean Up Day
  • Sunday 7 March – National Clean Up Australia Day

For more information call the Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au .  To register a Clean Up site visit www.cleanup.org.au

 

 
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