Bruce Meredith of the Coffs Harbour Bicycle Users Group with the 300kg of rubbish collected by members of the group on Clean Up Australia Day.
Bruce Meredith of the Coffs Harbour Bicycle Users Group with the 300kg of rubbish collected by members of the group on Clean Up Australia Day.

Lesser interest in clean up day

WET weather, complacency and a shift to internet contact details are among the factors being blamed for a waning interest in the annual Clean Up Australia event.

A glance at Clean Up Australia’s website details for Coffs Harbour show that only two sites for postcode 2450 listed more than four volunteers, with the standout being Hogbin Drive Cycleway, where the Coffs Harbour Bicycle Users Group listed 21 and mustered 24 volunteers to clean up along the popular cycleway.

On Sunday they removed almost 300kg of rubbish from alongside the Hogbin Drive cycleway from North Coffs to Toormina and along the Pacific Highway cycleway from Stadium Drive to Lyons Road.

Despite the wet weather, the cyclists donned gloves and filled 38 large bags with rubbish. The items they found included a ‘No Parking’ sign and pole, a large mudguard, a child’s scooter and hundreds of bottles and cans and chip and sweets wrappers.

Coffs Creek clean up co-ordinator Helen Hamilton said the clean up by 12 members of the Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club and Dragons Abreast on the banks of Coffs Creek from Edgar Street to Coffs Promenade went well.

She said they started at 1pm on Sunday and had perfect weather, but they were only able to cover a small area, ran out of bags and their boat was full.

“If we kept going, we would have had to swim back,” Ms Hamilton said.

“We are going to order lots more bags next year and borrow a punt to tow behind the Dragon Boat.

“Within two hours we had collected 20 bags and other larger pieces of rubbish and our boat was filled to capacity.”

She said plastic bottles made up a large percentage of the rubbish but they also found larger items like tyres, which they could not fit into their boat or kayaks.

Yesterday many roads and watercourses around Coffs Harbour showed no evidence that any clean up crews had visited recently, with plastic bags, cans and bottles clearly in evidence.



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