Community encouraged to get behind Great Northern Clean Up

GLADSTONE Regional Council is getting behind the Great Northern Clean Up campaign and is encouraging the community to also get involved.

The Great Northern Clean Up, conducted from September 20-22, is targeted at the nation's northern communities when the weather is generally more pleasant than it is for the Clean Up Australia Day event in March.

This year, the council has sponsored the Larc-tastic Beach Clean Up, encompassing the area from Eurimbula to Bustard Head, on September 22.

In exchange for their efforts to remove litter and other waste from the area, participants will receive morning tea, lunch and refreshments and travel on a 1770 Larc Tours vehicle offering a sand tobogganing experience.

The tour will depart Seventeen Seventy Marina at 7am on the day and return at 2pm.

The event is free but seats are limited and participants must be aged 12 years and over.

Organisations, businesses and residents are encouraged to get involved with the Great Northern Clean Up as organisers are short of the 150 sites they wished to have registered.

The council's environment portfolio spokesperson Councillor Col Chapman has registered Auckland Creek, the only other nominated Gladstone region site, for a September 22 clean up.

"The Great Northern Clean Up is a campaign to help keep the northern regions of Australia free from litter, but like all such bids, it relies on community support if it is to be a success," Cr Chapman said.

"At this point it is the only site registered within the Gladstone Regional Council boundary between September 20-22 and it would be encouraging to see more people select a site which needs cleaning and gather some friends and family together to help out.

"Those unable to register a site are still welcome to volunteer at existing sites or donate money."

To book a spot on the Larc-tastic Beach Clean Up and to confirm dietary requirements, phone the council's parks and environment department on 4977 6899.

For more information on the Great Northern Clean Up or to register a clean up site, visit the Clean Up Australia Day website at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au