Let?s clean up our act

CLEAN Up Australia is calling on residents and groups in Coffs Harbour to register a site now for Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, March 4.

Now in its 18th year, the annual Clean Up Australia Day inspires hundreds of thousands of Australians to clean up the environment.

In March 2006, more than 700,000 volunteers cleaned up an estimated 9000 tonnes of rubbish in the nation's largest community based environmental event.

In an attempt to increase volunteer numbers to a record breaking one million, Clean Up Australia Day organisers have expanded the existing 'Don't let rubbish become part of the scenery' theme with the call to 'Be one in a million'.

"Clean Up Australia Day is a practical way for Coffs Harbour residents to make a difference to their local environment," said Councillor Gavin Smithers, vice chair of Coffs Harbour City Council's Land Use, Health & Development Committee.

"It's as easy as identifying a local park, waterway, bushland or street near you that needs to be cleaned up and registering the site with Clean Up Australia.

"Get your family and friends involved and don't let rubbish become part of your scenery."

Last year, 31 clean-up sites were organised across the Coffs Harbour local government area.

For example, numerous sites are cleaned up around the Jetty area on Clean Up Australia Day every year.

In 2007, the council is encouraging residents to demonstrate their support with an increase in the number of local sites and more volunteers.

"Clean Up Australia Day shows us first hand the impact of rubbish in the environment. I encourage the residents of Coffs Harbour to get involved and experience the positive contribution you can make to your community," said Cr Smithers.

A separate Business Clean Up Day is held on Tuesday, February 27, while Schools Clean Up Day takes place on Friday, March 2.

To register a Clean Up Australia Day, Business Clean Up Day or Schools Clean Up Day site, visit www.cleanup.com.au or phone 1800 CUA DAY (1800 282 329).

For assistance in registering a local site, contact Anna Rowsell at Coffs Harbour City Council on 6648 4668.

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