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Residents urged to join clean-up

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February 14, 2018

Lake drawing in Benalla highlights rubbish problem

Clean Up Australia Day will be running again this year on Sunday, March 4 from 8.30am to 10.30am, after the huge success of last year’s event.

In March 2017, 26 members of Goomalibee Landcare cleaned up a total of 24km of roadside rubbish amounting to more than 24 bags of rubbish, as well as advising the Benalla Rural City Council of larger hard rubbish that needed to be collected.

Goomalibee Landcare secretary Debbie Rees is aiming for even more success this year, and is urging locals to sign up for the event.

‘‘We are going to be bigger and better this year. We are aiming to cover more areas and have more volunteers than last year,’’ she said.

The council is providing a Community Sponsorship Grant of $500, and the funds will be used to purchase high-visibility vests and rubbish pickers for volunteers.

‘‘The grant from the council makes it much easier for the volunteers. They have been a huge supporter of this event and have helped us make it a really great day for everyone,’’ Ms Rees said.

‘‘All volunteers will be supplied with morning tea after the clean-up, and will come together and enjoy that community spirit.

‘‘It’s great for our community to get together and clean up some important areas. It’s a great way to give back.’’

Clean-up organiser Louise Armstrong was pleased with how the event went last year and hopes that more people will be able to spare a couple of hours to assist on Clean Up Australia Day this year.

The area the event will be concentrating on will be Goomalibee Rd between Faithfull St and Terretts Rd, including Kealy Rd.

If there are enough volunteers, Basin Rd and Burness Rd will also be included.

It’s clear to see that Benalla has a rubbish problem with the recent lake draw-down. Shopping carts, beer bottles and street sign have been found in the lake in recent days.

It is hoped the Clean Up Australia Day event will promote a cleaner environment in Benalla.

●Phone Louise on 0419577423 if you would like to register to join in, or for any queries.

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