Join Les on his clean-up campaign
By MEL MARTIN
LES Fairey can't stand to see rubbish littering his local beach, so over the past few years he has spent hundreds of hours picking it up.
This determination to keep his beach looking good yesterday earned him the Litter Prevention Award from the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge, and he was highly commended for the overall award.
"I hate to see litter around the place," Mr Fairey said.
"Council supplied me with a litter picker, and I go down to the beach regularly and pick up any rubbish I find, like bottles, plastics, any garbage dropped or brought in by the ocean."
It all started when Mr Fairey joined Sawtell Dunecare and started picking up litter from the dunes and paths after his Dunecare work was done.
"That progressed to going up and down the beach," he said.
"I've had a good response, too, sometimes people come up and thank me."
Mr Fairey even picks up any rubbish he finds in the streets on his way home, but it's certainly not something he does for the glory.
"I want to do something for the community, not for the rewards but for the satisfaction of trying to do something to make the world a better place," he said.
He hopes to encourage the community to join him.
"If people had a little recycleable bag when they go on the beach for a walk, they could pick up a few things, every little bit helps," he said.
"It's nice to see a clean area."
Coffs Harbour's Jetty Beach also did well, winning the Community Action Award