Clean Up Australia Day was held on Sunday, 1st March, with many different clubs getting involved in a clean up event. Below are some stories and photos shared by clubs and members!
Adelaide Canoe Club
Adelaide Canoe Club have made this an annual club paddling event for several years and this year Paddle SA was also inspired to take part, offering another paddle/clean up event further down the Onkaparinga River. This paddle had more of a family theme, with several kids involved in the clean up effort. Both the Adelaide Canoe Club and Paddle SA crews met at the regular bakery in Port Noarlunga afterwards for a hard-earned coffee/sausage roll/ice cream – and that was just the adults!
Clontarf Dubbo Senior Campus and Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre
Clontarf is an organisation based in high schools, aimed at keeping Aboriginal boys at school till the end of year 12 through engagement in sport. They also emphasise leadership and run community activities. The clean up was organised in conjunction with Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre, a member of Paddle NSW.
Lane Cove River Kayakers
Club volunteers worked tirelessly cleaning up rubbish around the river banks, mangroves and nearby car park and athletics oval. They were well rewarded with a BBQ at the end, with one volunteer also lucky enough to clean up some cash: $105 was generously donated back to the club.
River Canoe Club
The Cooks River clean up was organised by River Canoe Club, Ocean Crusaders, and Cooks River Alliance. This involved a two week intensive clean up, as well as a community paddle / day against plastic. 1.2 tonnes of rubbish was removed from river during the community paddle, with 12.6 tonnes removed over two weeks. There were 429 people who attended overall: 179 on land and 250 on water.
Western Paddlers NSW
This clean up event was organised by Western Paddlers NSW and Wellington Progress Action Group, and supported by Dubbo Regional Council.