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CLEAN UP CO-FOUNDER AND DEPUTY CHAIRWOMAN STEPS DOWN AFTER 20 YEARS

Media Release 25 August, 2009

The co-founder and deputy chairwoman of Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World, Kim McKay, AO, has resigned from the boards of both groups after 20 years of service.

Ms McKay, said that it was time to hand over the reins to a new generation committed to environmental action through Clean Up and to focus on her other environmental and community work. Ms McKay, who was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in 2008 for distinguished service to the environment and the community, will continue to be recognized s co-founder of Clean Up and remains a committed supporter of both organisations.

"It's been an incredible journey at Clean Up from when we organized the first Clean Up of Sydney Harbour back in January, 1989, to the establishment and growth of Clean Up Australia, to taking the campaign global and partnering with the United Nations Environment
Progromme(UNEP) in the early 1990's.

"It's amazing what a community of volunteers can achieve when they work together and Clean Up's volunteers here and around the world are truly inspirational," Ms McKay said.

"Ian Kiernan and the whole team at Clean Up continue to play an incredibly important role in the Australian and international community, raising awareness of the positive action individuals con make in improving our environment and tackling the impacts of global warming," she said.

Mr Kiernan paid tribute to Ms McKay's service to the Board saying that her communications and business skills along with her understanding of community participation had enabled Clean Up to develop into an international organization which has continued to attract millions of volunteers annually.

"Kim has incredible determination, vision and creative flair and Clean Up would not have developed originally without her input and hands-on role. Her contribution cannot be underestimated and we wish her the very best with her future activities and know she will continue to support Clean Up in the future," Mr Kiernan said.

Two new board members have recently been appointed including Sally Kiernan who brings extensive marketing and new channel communication skills to the board and Mack Williams, a ormer senior Australian diplomat with extensive Asian experience, who is sharing his skills to broaden Clean Up the World’s impact across South East Asia.

Other current board members include Ian Kiernan, AO, Executive Chairman, Victor Kelly, John Buttle, Jenny Bonnin, and Eric Dodd.
"Our board and staff are very focused on the important environmental issues that affect all Australians and we won't let up on putting pressure on government and industry to make the ecessary changes to move to a low carbon economy.

"I'm as committed as I was on day one of clean up to ensure Australia's environment is protected for future generations," Kiernan said.

For further information contact: Paul Sheridan, EMC 0410 516 656

 
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