MURRAY’s natural landscape continues to shine following several Clean Up Australia Day events made possible through exceptional volunteer efforts.
Volunteers fished 10 shopping trolleys, a push bike and a swivel chair out of the Murray River from the suspension bridge and filled 30 waste bags with rubbish from Cantwell Park.
A further four events took place in which Mandurah Environment and Heritage Group held is 15th annual Clean Up Australia Day event.
Efforts concentrated on the removal of rubbish from the Murray and Serpentine rivers, delta islands and the foreshore.
More than two tonnes of waste was removed from the waterways and surrounding areas, covering a total 8sq km.
The local waterways clean up forms part of the Clean Up the Peel Waterways program – a Friend of the Rivers Peel initiative and is supported by Alcoa and the Shire of Murray.
The council also supported clean up efforts by Ravenswood Community Group, Pinjarra Girl Guides and a community driven initiative in North Dandalup.
Shire of Murray President David Bolt said trash and illegal dumping had detrimental impacts on the environment and the ability to compromise valuable council assets.
“This year’s Clean Up Australia Day efforts are exemplary of the feats that can be achieved when residents unite in the fight against trash,’’ he said.
The Shire commends organisers and volunteers for their willingness to give up their time to clean up and conserve our district and encourage the wider population to do their bit to keep the shire litter free.”