Ian Kiernan AO, founder of Clean Up Australia Day, will be in Adelaide on Sunday 3 March to join thousands of volunteers across the state as they get together to clean up South Australia.
Adelaide City Council has proudly supported Clean up Australia Day since 2004 and is urging local residents and visitors to roll up their sleeves, don a hat and a pair of gloves and take part in a public clean-up in Ellis Park / Tambawodli on West Terrace (next to Adelaide High School) from 9am.
The expected more than 100 people who take part in the Clean Up event will be rewarded for their efforts with a thank you BBQ lunch and a certificate of appreciation presented by Deputy Lord Mayor Michael Llewellyn-Smith AM.
“Clean Up Australia Day not only raises awareness about litter reduction and recycling, but also builds a community sense of pride,” said the Deputy Lord Mayor.
“It’s a great event that gets people outdoors and lending a hand in cleaning up our natural environment.
“We really do owe it to ourselves and to future generations to ensure the natural environment is preserved for all to enjoy. We’re so lucky in Adelaide to have the wonderful Park Lands at our finger-tips,” he said.
Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO, will be on hand on the day visiting different sites across metropolitan Adelaide and encouraging everyone to do their bit, by lending a hand and joining in the clean-up.
“We want as many South Australians as possible to join in the clean up this year, and show the rest of the nation how it’s done,” Mr Kiernan said.
“While most Australians generally do the right thing, people really do need to understand that the costs of cleaning up irresponsible rubbish disposal are borne by all of us, and take much needed funding away from other areas of the community.
“Between 2011 and 2012 plastic rubbish collection reduced from 40 per cent to 28 per cent which is a real achievement. But there’s always more to do, for example paper rubbish increased by seven per cent during the same period, and other miscellaneous items doubled from 2011 to 2012,” he said.
Gloves, water and sunscreen will be provided for the event but participants are required to wear closed toe shoes. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Groups, including schools and community organisations can pre-register by logging onto http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Tambawodli+-+Ellis+Park or simply turn up on the day and register.