Murray residents wage war on garbage for Clean Up Australia Day

Previous Shire of Murray Clean Up Australia Day volunteers removing a shopping trolley from the Murray River. Photo: Supplied.

Previous Shire of Murray Clean Up Australia Day volunteers removing a shopping trolley from the Murray River. Photo: Supplied.

Murray residents are being encouraged to join forces this Clean Up Australia Day in a national movement to clean the country.

This year’s community clean up takes place on Sunday, March 4, while schools will conduct clean ups on Friday, March 2, and businesses on Tuesday, February 27.

According to Shire President David Bolt, Clean Up Australia Day is the perfect opportunity for community members to inspire their neighbours, colleagues, family members and friends to clean up and conserve their district. 

“Murray’s natural landscape contributes enormously towards our community’s way of life, however trash and illegal dumping often threaten this valuable asset,” he said.

In the 2016/17 financial year, the Shire of Murray spent about $82,000 on the collection and disposal of litter and illegal dumping, of which $36,000 was spent on road side litter collection efforts.

Cr Bolt said the costs were further incurred through collection efforts within parks and playgrounds, undertaken by the Shire’s Parks and Gardens Officers.

“To help alleviate these costs and clean up our district, I invite and encourage all community members to support the 2018 clean up events taking place over the first weekend in March,” he said.

About Murray’s Clean Up Australia Day events

A Shire run event will be held from 9-12pm on Friday, March 2, at Cantwell Park.

Clean up efforts will focus on the amenity and adjoining section of the Murray River.

A sausage sizzle will be held for volunteers following the clean up. 

For further information and to sign up, call the Shire’s Waste Coordinator on (08) 9531 7777.

On Sunday, March 4, Friends of the River Peel will conduct its 15th consecutive Australia Day Clean Up. Sign up commences at 8.15am from Young Road/Rivergum Esplanade boat launch, South Yunderup. 

Efforts extend from Pinjarra to Ravenswood and will concentrate on the Murray River, Serpentine River, Delta Islands and local foreshores and from 12pm a sausage sizzle will be held to conclude the day's events. 

Boats, barges and trailers are required to assist clean up efforts. 

For further information about the community event and to advise attendance, call Colin Elton on (08) 9537 7809. 

A clean up will also be conducted in Ravenswood. For further information and to view other clean up events, go to