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IAN KIERNAN CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIANS FOR SUPPORTING CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY IN ITS 22ND YEAR

Ian Kiernan Congratulates Australians for Supporting Clean Up Australia Day in its 22nd Year

Media release - Perth, Sunday 4 March 2012

It’s official: Australians continue to be passionate about cleaning up, fixing up and conserving our environment on the 22nd Clean Up Australia Day.

The national pride of Australians is more than demonstrated every Clean Up Australia Day when hundreds of thousands don gloves and pick up a bag to remove rubbish in local sites around the country. And 2012 is no different with an estimated 7363 number of sites with 591 400 volunteers heeding the call to be a good sport and joining the winning team.

Since the national event started in 1990 Australians have donated more than 25 million hours to caring for their environment through Clean Up Australia Day, by removing more 253 699 tonnes of rubbish.

Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and Founder of Clean Up Australia, speaking from the 2012 Clean Up Day headquarters in Perth reiterated his pride in being an Australian; “Clean Up Australia Day continues to be our nation’s largest community participation event, and seeing so many people out over the week of Clean Up activities makes me proud to be part of a team where we get out and make a difference rather than just sitting back and thinking about it.

“Over the last week people have been cleaning up the places that are dear to them across our nation - beaches, streets, parks, bush land and waterways. Our volunteers are removing the country’s most frequently dropped items – including cigarette butts and recyclables such as glass, plastics and paper.

“An estimated 591 400 volunteers joined Clean Up Australia Day activities this year. Early figures predict they will have removed around 16 199 tonnes of rubbish, just the beginning of what is shaping up to be a tremendous effort yet again.”

“I want to pay tribute to everyone involved for your amazing efforts over the past 22 years. Every person who has participated in a Clean Up activity – school children, volunteers, councilors and local government workers, the guys driving the trucks collecting the bags of rubbish (as we speak), our sponsors and donors who have funded this journey and the media who help us spread the word – every one of you embodies the spirit of Australia.”

“The legacy of Clean Up Australia Day is proven action and behavioral change. This is the year when we need to seriously think about how we live and change our relationship with our environment. We are all in this together and we need to continue to work as a community to make every day a Clean Up Day.”

“If you couldn’t join us today it’s not too late. Everyone can make today their first day of action. Our work is far from done and communities still need our help. Thousands will continue their local clean up beyond today and we will be there to support them for as long as it takes,” said Kiernan.
Working with limited resources, Clean Up Australia is a not-for-profit NGO which is not government funded. The organisation relies on corporate sponsors and donors to supply funding and resources and will continue to provide free bags, gloves and other equipment for as long as it has the funds to do so.

“If you couldn’t take to the streets this week, you can still join the winning team by becoming a ?YOU donor via the Clean Up Australia website http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/donate

“All we ask of you is as little as $2, less than the value of a cup of coffee, so we can make every day a Clean Up Day.

2012 Preliminary Results @ 11:00am EST Sunday 4 March 2012

Registered sites by state + estimated volunteer numbers and rubbish tonnage

 Registered
sites

Estimated no.
of volunteer
Predicted
rubbish tonnage

Australian Capital Territory *
123
6903
271
New South Wales *
2953
 266870 6497
Northern Territory
78
 6946 172
Queensland
1437
 98103 3161
South Australia
561
 50332 1234
Tasmania
319
 22737 702
Victoria
1366
 104709 3005
Western Australia
526
 34800 1157
Estimated totals:
7363
 591400 16199

* Please note numbers are based on registered sites; a number of which have been postponed
due to extreme weather. Final numbers to be announced at a later date to be advised.

-ENDS-

For any further media information or an interview, please contact Tracey Wigg, Gaia Communications on 0419 141 266 Email: tawigg@bigpond.com  

 
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