September 8 2017: Grab your gloves and a bag and help clean up our place
Cassowary Coasters are being urged to don their gloves, grab a bag and help restore our beautiful region to its pristine and natural best during the Great Northern Clean Up.
The annual event begins this Sunday with a clean up around Clump Point at Mission Beach from 8am till 10am. Further clean-ups will be held at Flying Fish Point on Friday, at Innisfail's Dalrymple Park and Euramo next Saturday, and at Tully next Sunday.
Cassowary Coast Cr Jeff Baines encouraged residents to take pride in their community and lend a hand to clean up their local areas.
"It's a pleasant time of year, neither wet nor too hot, so let's all get together and lend a hand to clean up our beautiful towns, beaches, road sides and bush areas," Cr Baines said.
"Some wonderful residents pick up litter every day; Council is hoping more people will make the effort to make a difference over the coming week."
He reminded volunteers to protect themselves against the sun and to take some water with them.
Cr Baines said the Council was a keen supporter of the State Government's initiative to ban the single-used plastic bag and commended the Mission Beach community for leading the reusable boomerang bag project.
"We want to support similar initiatives in Innisfail and Tully to help reduce the impact of plastic waste on our bushlands, waterways and the Great Barrier Reef."
Great Northern Clean Up: Sunday, September 10 at Clump Point, 8am-10am, meet at corner of Alexander Drive and Clump Point Road, Mission Beach. Contact: Carmen 0421514558. Friday, September 15, Flying Fish Point, Maud Street, Flying Fish Point, 9.30am-11.30am, Flying Fish Point Primary School, contact: 4063 5111, "Feldt Street to Sand Fly Creek"; Saturday, September 16, Innisfail - meet at 9am at Johnstone River Community Gardens, off Flying Fish Point Road. Contact Bernard Holden 0403523244, "Cleaning up north and South Dalrymple Park"; Euramo, 8am-12.30pm, meet at corner Jack Evans and Andy Sorbello Road. Contact Brett Kraus 0429 999 195, "Rural Roads and Highway"; Sunday, September 17, Tully, 8am-10am, meet at Tully Family Church, corner Bryant and Watkins Street. Contact Sue Magarey 0448460136, "Tully greater".
The Great Northern Clean Up is a Clean Up Australia Day event that has been tailored to northern communities. It is held at a time better suited to the north, in the lead-up to the wet season.
More information is available at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au