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Doing the right thing for the Cassowary Coast region

The Cassowary Coast is looking tidier after a concentrated effort to pick up litter during the recent Great Northern Clean Up.

Groups of residents collected rubbish from roadsides at Flying Fish Point, Innisfail's Dalrymple Park, Euramo, Tully and Mission Beach as part of the Great Northern Clean Up. While held in the cooler month of September, the Great Northern Clean Up is a Clean Up Australia Day event that has been tailored to northern communities in the lead up to the wet season.

Cr Jeff Baines joined students and teachers from Flying Fish Point State School and Radiant Life College to clean up around the Flying Fish Point school.

"I think we collected about nine bags of rubbish and it was mainly plastics," Cr Baines said.

"We have got to be conscious of the impact of plastic on the environment. There is a lot out there and it doesn't break down.

"We ask people who are in our beautiful environment to take their rubbish with them and dispose of it in the proper waste bins. Let's do the right thing and keep the Cassowary Coast a beautiful place to live, work and play."

At Mission Beach, 10 volunteers collected an estimated 70kg of rubbish from the Cutten Brothers walking track and the roadside from Perry Harvey Jetty to the Clump Point turn off, on the Tully - Mission Beach Road from MARCS Park to Mission Circle, and from the Woolworth's roundabout to the Licuala turn off.

A volunteer spokesperson said about 90 per cent of the rubbish collected around Mission Beach was plastic, followed by aluminium cans, paper/cardboard, glass bottles, cigarette butts and packing foam. Soft plastics made up about 60 per cent of the litter, mostly plastic bags, food wrappers and packing material, followed by bottles and miscellaneous hard plastic.

She said concentrated roadside rubbish was picked up just outside the higher speed zone - 60km to 80km zone, and at intersections.

"For a World Heritage Area we are looking shabby," she said.

A Council spokesman said the team of two who cleaned up along both sides of Jack Evans Drive to Rockingham Road at Euramo picked up a range of material, including tyres, metal, concrete, cans, paper and discarded road signs.

Cr Baines said the Council was a keen supporter of the State Government's initiative to ban the single-use plastic bag from July next year, and commended the Mission Beach community for leading the reusable boomerang bag project.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has partnered with the National Retail Association to help retail businesses prepare for the ban and successfully manage the transition.

Representatives from the National Retail Association's Qld Bag Ban Retailer Transition Program will be in Innisfail next Thursday (October 19) to advise retailers about how to minimise potential negative impacts such as loss of turnover or consumer criticism when the single-use plastic bag ban takes effect.

More information is available on the Queensland Bag Ban website.

Captions: Cr Jeff Baines and students from Flying Fish Point State School and Radiant Life College at Innisfail clean up the litter around Flying Fish Point during the Great Northern Clean Up.