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Territorians urged to take to their streets - Darwin

Media Release - 18 August 2011

With the third annual Great Northern Clean Up fast approaching, Ian Kiernan AO, founder and Chairman of Clean Up Australia, and Darwin Acting Lord Mayor Robin Knox today called on NT residents to lend a hand over the weekend of 9 to 11 September.

With a container deposit scheme being introduced this year and a ban on single use plastic bags already in place, the NT can look forward to massive reductions of rubbish in the environment. Clean Up Australia’s 2010 Rubbish Report reveals that a whopping 46% of the rubbish removed from the NT’s environment last year was beverage related.

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

“The Northern Territory government has shown real leadership by introducing cash for containers and a bag ban – and now it’s up the community to lend a hand so the environment can start out with a clean slate.“

“With the wet fast approaching we need to act now – before all the rubbish in our environment ends up in our waterways.”

The Top End’s stunning landscapes have also 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 in their neighbourhood 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 2011 weekend 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.


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