Media Release - 7 July 2011
Clean Up Australia is calling on Top Enders to pitch in and help make 2011 the Greatest Northern Clean Up yet.
A weekend of action on 9-11 September, the Great Northern Clean Up is a great way to get rid of that rubbish left behind by receding floodwaters, cyclones, tourists and illegal dumpers – right before the next wet season kicks in.
In 2010, more than 6,000 volunteers across 131 sites removed an estimated 288 tonnes of rubbish across the Top End. Clean Up Australia’s Chairman and founder, Ian Kiernan AO, is confident that 2011 will be even bigger.
“Northern Australia had a pretty torrid summer with cyclones and wide-spread flooding.
“The Great Northern Clean Up provides a great way to take practical action for our environment,” said Mr Kiernan. “I look forward to seeing families, schools, businesses and councils join us by pitching in to do their bit over our weekend of action.
“It’s crucial that we clean up ahead of the wet season. There’s a lot of rubbish that has accumulated as waters recede – and now is a great time to remove it.
“We also know that tourists also often leave their mark. Those small disposable items such as drink bottles and cans, bottle lids and can rings are among the main pieces of rubbish volunteers generally find. Once the wind picks up and the rain comes in, these smaller items find their way into our waterways where they break up, becoming serial killers are they are mistaken for food by local wildlife.”
Clean Up applauds the NT government’s decision to ban single use plastic bags from 1 September, taking one potential serial killer out of the environment.
“Northern Australia is home to some of this country’s most stunning landscapes – annually attracting thousands of local and international tourists. We know they won’t return to a place where stray bottles, cans, plastic bags and cigarette butts are prevalent.
So we all need to take action to ensure that rubbish doesn’t become part of the scenery.
“I urge you to have a look around you to find the areas that need cleaning up, then register your site by visiting www.greatnortherncleanup.org.au,” said Mr Kiernan.
WHAT: Great Northern Clean Up
WHEN: 9-11 September, 2011
WHERE: Your local park, waterway, bus area, bushland, beach or street.
WHO: Everyone is welcome – friends, family, kids, community groups, work colleagues or anyone else.
HOW: Register now at www.greatnortherncleanup.org.au or call 1800 CUA DAY for more information.
For further information please contact:
Marita Dortins: 0415 385 056 or firstname.lastname@example.org