SUNDAY, March 6, was Clean Up Australia Day and once again around 400 local residents took to the streets, parks, creeks and bushland to Clean Up Noosa and surrounds to try to keep the area looking a little tidier.
This year volunteers collected just under six tonnes of discarded goods and litter from our local environment from 30 sites across the region.
A great effort, with many sites commenting that the volume of litter and dumping was at last showing signs of a decrease.
But sadly about three tonnes of illegal dumping was still cleaned up from Beckmans Rd and other bushland reserves once again.
Recent rains once again made it a challenge around our waterways with the potential for a lot of debris washing down the river. The hinterland was once again fully behind Clean Up Australia Day, with sites in Kin Kin, Cooran, Cooroy, Eumundi, Boreen Point, and the usual big turn out in Pomona, as well as a Clean Upnew site at Federal being organised for the first time. with thanks to Zani and the Federal State School P&C.
A number of businesses were on board as usual with Peppers Resort staff taking on Noosa Hill and the management at Noosa Civic cleaning up the bushland around the shopping centre. There was also a flotilla of watercraft on Noosa River led by Kayak Noosa and the NICA River Rangers collecting any debris that has found its way into our creeks and rivers.
Community organisations were out in force with Noosa Sea Scouts, Noosa & Peregian Nippers and Noosa Rotary Clubs cleaning up our beaches, and the Sunshine Coast 4WD Club tackling illegal dumping sites in our forests. It is encouraging to see so many youth and community groups involved and introducing their members to the value of keeping their club grounds and surrounds free of rubbish and looking their best.
It was disappointing to see the number of tyres being dumped in our bushland.
I also remain puzzled by finds such as a 2m-long fish tank and other furniture that could have been donated for free through Briteside's recycle shop at the Eumundi Rd facility to be resold to support a local not for profit organisation.
Of course Clean Up Australia Day in Noosa would not be a success without the support of the Noosa Council and local businesses. All volunteers registered at Noosa sites once again went into a draw for prizes generously donated by The Sheraton Noosa and Peppers Resort generously donating provided prizes for volunteers to win. This year's winners were: Bella Scotton, Chris Shoobert, Robert Oke and Ruby Willmott.
We would also like to thank Allcott Hire, Noosa Aquatic Centre.and the team from Cleanaway that always put in a major effort to facilitate us with skip bins and make sure that all of the waste collected is weighed and major items recycled where possible at Eumundi Rd.
Volunteers were once again provided with lunch at Noosaville Lions Park with thanks to the Noosa Lions Club after the event or at one of the BBQs hosted by site supervisors at some of the hinterland sites.
As always, many thanks to those that took part and supported the cleaning up of our beautiful part of Australia.