Clean up Australia

Clean up on the Brunswick River
Clean up on the Brunswick River

G’day nature lovers,

Every year Clean-up Australia, gather volunteers to clean up their local areas. Byron Bay Eco Cruise and Kayaks have been gathering volunteers and cleaning up the Brunswick River for years, I joined them this year.

Clean up Australia Day started in 1989 when by Ian Kiernan gathered 40,000 Sydney-siders to clean up Sydney Harbour. The next year more than 300,000 people turned out for the First Clean up Australia. In the past 27 years Aussies have devoted 32 million hours to Clean up Australia. Now its gone global more than 40 million people from 130 countries participate.

Every time I go out in nature, I see some rubbish that someone else has left and pick it up and dispose of it properly. A lot of overseas visitors I talk to, often comment on how tidy they think Australia is, I don’t think it’s that tidy, but I suppose it’s all relative . I don’t understand why people go out into nature, and then leave their litter, for someone else to pick up or for some wildlife to get caught in or swallow. Most NSW National Parks don’t have bins as wildlife can get into it. For me it’s not hard, you bring it in, you take it out.

Clean up on the Brunswick River
Clean up on the Brunswick River

On Clean up Australia this year, we picked up 2 refrigerators, heaps of bottles, pot planters, shoes, fishing line, plastic bags, aerosol cans and foam. Simon from Byron Bay Eco Cruise and Kayaks say each year is less, which is heartening.

But we all need to be very careful with rubbish.

The added bonus of doing the clean-up on the Brunswick River, was that we got to spend the morning on our beautiful river and we got to see heaps of bird life included: azure & sacred kingfishers, white bellied sea eagles, ospreys, brahimny kite, spoonbills, egret and pelicans.

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Enjoy nature.

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