Landcare Cleans Up

The newly formed Glengarry Landcare group got off to a flying start, hosting a Clean Up Australia Day in Glengarry last week.

Organised in conjunction with the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail Committee, the clean-up, concentrated on a five-hectare site between the Glengarry Hall and the Traralgon-Maffra Road.

Starting early to beat the forecast heat, 26 volunteers collected ten bags of rubbish and five and a half bags of recyclables.

“The volunteers included local families, Landcare members, Glengarry Primary students and members of Rail Trail Committee,” said Marnie Ellis, Landcare Facilitator.

“Between them, the volunteers collected lots of glass and plastic bottles, as well as a few more unusual items, such as shoes and thongs (no pairs!), a tyre, car battery and a machinery cover.”

After the clean-up, Landcare hosted a BBQ for all the volunteers.

“We want to thank everyone who braved the heat and came along,” said Marnie.

“It was an extremely positive morning and a great first event for the new group.”

It is hoped this will become an annual event.

CMA clean-up rescheduled

A Clean Up Australia day blitz by West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA), scheduled for 1st March had to be cancelled due to the extreme heat.

The plan was to target local waterways – Stockyard Creek in Foster and Traralgon Creek at Shakespeare Street. A new clean-up date has been set for 28th March.

Chief Executive Officer, Martin Fuller said staff were keen to contribute to the community clean up.

“As a Catchment Management Authority, our work involves projects that manage and protect our natural resources.

“Normally our focus is on rural and remote areas; however, this is a chance to roll up our sleeves and help clean up some urban waterways.”

Staff from the Environmental Protection Authority and the Friends of Stockyard Creek will help with the clean-up.

Businesses registered over 450 locations for 2019 Business Clean Up Day. The national event is organised by Clean Up Australia to encourage the business community to act by removing rubbish accumulating in local parks, bushland, beaches and suburban streets.

According to Terrie-Ann Johnson, Managing Director of Clean Up Australia, the 17th Business Clean Up Day saw a 25 per cent increase in participation over 2018.

“We are delighted to see the Australian business community demonstrate an increasing interest in active community involvement,” said Terrie-Ann.

Clean up Australia Day at Glengarry
James O’Loughlin and Terry Hart – Glengarry Landcare Group.
Glengarry Landcare volunteers at Clean Up Australia Day 2019
Glengarry Landcare volunteers at Clean Up Australia Day 2019