Time to clean up the great North

Published: 31 Aug 2017

Cairns residents are encouraged to show their love for the region by putting up their hands to take part in the Great Northern Clean Up.

Every year, communities across Northern Australia don their collective gloves to clean up litter, improving neighbourhood amenity and protecting the environment before the wet season storms flush the litter down the drain and out to sea.

“This is a chance for everyone to show how much they value our environment and to make sure our region is the best it can be,” Mayor Bob Manning said.

“Clean-ups are happening right throughout September. The timing is ideal for our tropical region, with the wet season just a couple of months away.

“By cleaning up now, we can reduce the chance of litter being washed into the sea or blocking up our waterways and causing flooding when the wet arrives.

“There are already 16 registered clean-up sites around Cairns. Anyone can get involved by going online and joining one of the existing sites or you can choose to create your own.”

By pitching in to help clean up the local environment, participants also have the chance to win one of two double passes to the outer Great Barrier Reef, thanks to Reef Magic and Passions of Paradise.

Simply post a clean-up photo from a registered clean-up site to the ECOevents Cairns Facebook page to be in the running. Site coordinators receive automatic entry in the prize draw as a thank you for leading the charge in their local area.

Once registered, participants will receive clean up resources, including bags and gloves, from Clean Up Australia Day. Council will provide support by arranging pick-up of the full litter bags and additional resources.

To register a clean-up site or to join an existing one, visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au. For more information on the clean-up prizes visit www.cairns.qld.gov.au/sustainability.

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Last updated: 11 September 2017