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There are dozens of Clean Up events taking place across the Coast. Image: Clean Up Australia Facebook

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Community coming together to clean up

Clean Up Australia Day is on again, and this year it’s more important than ever to take part.

Clean up Australia Day is Australia’s biggest community-based environmental event and a great opportunity for residents to get out and help the local environment.

Across the Sunshine Coast on March 6 there are more than 45 registered events to participate in, and Clean Up Australia chairman Pip Kiernan says it is more important than ever to get involved.

“Our environment is experiencing the impact of the pandemic,” she says. “We’re seeing a huge surge in single-use plastics and unprecedented numbers of face masks, takeaway coffee cups and food packaging littering our footpaths, parks and beaches.

“Our habits changed during COVID and most of these haven’t been kind on the environment.”

Clean Up Australia data reveals more than 5.5 million Australians aged over 14 (26.5 per cent) used meal delivery services in 2021, and less than four per cent of soft plastics are recycled in Australia.

“While we have been encouraged by the strong interest from communities right across Australia, more rubbish is entering our environment by the day, so we need everyone to get involved,” Ms Kiernan says.

“For every little bit that we all do on Sunday, March 6, we are showing that we care and that we all have a role to play in protecting the environment around us.”

Backing the cause annually, Currimundi Catchment Care Group will run its popular clean-up event in Little Mountain to mark the day.

Currimundi Catchment Care Group president Tony Moorhead says the area is sadly often full of litter.

“Last year we had a lot of families involved and we’re hoping this year will be the same,” Mr Moorhead says. “This area is close to schools, shops and a major road so there is always a fair bit of litter around.

“Things like chocolate wrappers, straws and drink containers will easily be washed into the stormwater drains and end up in Currimundi Lake if they’re not picked up.”

The group will meet at Stockyard Park, on the corner of Ivadale Boulevard and Tall Trees Way in Little Mountain, at 9am on March 6 with a sausage sizzle to follow.

Business, school and community groups can register an official event, with the Business Clean Up Day on March 1 and School Clean Up Day on March 4.

If residents cannot attend on the day, Ms Kiernan is urging them to make a donation to Clean Up Australia. All funds raised through donations are allocated to the provision of educational resources and clean-up materials provided free of charge to community, school and youth groups across the nation, all year round.

To find and join your nearest event, register your own, or donate, visit the Clean Up Australia Day website at cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.

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