Shopping trolleys, traffic cones recovered from Murray River in Clean Up Australia Day

Volunteers rallied to clean up the environment. Picture: Josh Cowling
Volunteers rallied to clean up the environment. Picture: Josh Cowling

PINJARRA Senior High School students and local volunteers fished three shopping trolleys, a bike, a fishing rod and four traffic cones out of the Murray River and filled 30 waste bags with trash from Cantwell and Morni Kep Parks on Clean-Up Australia Day.

Murray’s natural landscape is much better off this week after the exceptional efforts of volunteers at Clean Up Australia events throughout the district.

Friends of the River, Peel ran its 16th Clean Up Australia Day event, concentrating on the removal of rubbish from the Murray and Serpentine rivers, delta islands, foreshores and South Yunderup Road.

More than 1.2 tonnes of waste was removed from the waterways and surrounding bushland and foreshores, covering a total of 34 square kilometres.

The local waterways clean up forms part of the Clean Up the Peel Waterways program, supported by the Shire of Murray and Alcoa of Australia.

Shire President David Bolt said trash and illegal dumping had detrimental impact on the environment, community spirit, local economy and tourism appeal.

“I applaud organisers and volunteers for their willingness to selflessly rally to clean up, fix up and conserve Murray’s unique environment,’’ he said.

“Litter is an ongoing concern in our district and I encourage the wider population to follow the example of the Clean Up Australia Day participants and do their bit to keep our Shire litter free.’’