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TERRITORIANS URGED TO TAKE TO THEIR STREETS - ALICE SPRINGS

Territorians urged to take to their streets - Alice Springs

Media Release - 19 August 2011

With the third annual Great Northern Clean Up fast approaching, Ian Kiernan AO, founder and Chairman of Clean Up Australia, and Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan today called on NT residents to lend a hand over the weekend of 9 to 11 September.

With a container deposit scheme and a ban on plastic bags being introduced this year, the NT can look forward to a massive reduction in litter in the environment. In Alice, a local cash for containers scheme has already made a huge difference, with more than 13 million containers collected since the program began in July 2009.

“Alice has proven that it’s an environmental leader, through its cash for containers scheme and amazing renewable energy initiatives such as Alice Solar City,” said Mr Kiernan.

“Now we need Alice to become a Clean Up champion, and show the rest of the Top End how it’s done.”  

Mr Kiernan is calling on residents of the NT to clean up ahead of the new legislation coming into play.

The NT’s stunning landscapes have been blighted by illegal dumping and litter left by tourists. Parks, streets and tourist sites are showing the effects, but Clean Up Australia is confident that communities will pitch in to clean up their local spaces.  

Mr Kiernan said, “Community support for the Great Northern Clean Up has been amazing, and I’m looking forward to seeing the event continue to grow in 2011.

“Last year, almost 1,000 Territorians removed an estimated 54 tonnes of rubbish from 24 sites – an incredible achievement. This year, with your help, I know we can do even better.   

“We’ve already had a great response, but I’m sure everybody knows an area near them that needs a clean up,” said Mr Kiernan.

The Great Northern Clean Up was created in 2009, after feedback that weather made it difficult for northern communities to participate in the national Clean Up Australia Day on the first weekend in March.

The Great Northern Clean Up 2011 will be held on the weekend of September 9 to 11. Visit www.greatnortherncleanup.org.au or call 1800 CUA DAY (1800 282 329) to register a community school, or business Clean Up Site, or to volunteer.

Register your Clean Up Site by Sunday 28 August to receive a Clean Up kit.

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For further information or an interview with Ian Kiernan AO please contact Marita Dortins: 0415 385 056 or marita@cleanup.com.au

 
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