140 bags of rubbish collected

MORE than 60 volunteers took to parts of our beautiful Whitsundays on Sunday morning for the Great Northern Clean Up, collecting a total of 140 bags of rubbish.

The Rotary Club of Airlie Beach and Clean Up Australia event was created in 2009 to accommodate northern communities who are affected by undesirable weather when the rest of the nation is participating in Clean Up Australia Day in March.

Last year numbers were down for the Great Northern Clean Up, but this year volunteer participation was right up.

Co-ordinator of the Whitsunday clean-up Shane Henshall said that despite competing with the Fun Race weekend, there were certainly some positive signs to come from the second annual Great Northern Clean Up in the Whitsundays.

“It was a big improvement on last year,” he said.

“I think we achieved a fair bit this year.”

Mr Henshall said the clean-up teams worked hard attacking many parts of the magnificent Whitsundays in between Tropic Road Cannonvale and Shute Harbour.

Eco Barge Services were also part of the action, using eight willing volunteers who managed to collect 120 kilograms of marine debris from around the Port of Airlie rock wall and Funnel Bay.

The only blemish on the fantastic family morning, was the work of hoons who threw rubbish in the area of one of the volunteers cleaning up in Airlie Beach.

Despite this road bump Mr Henshall was very happy with the outcome of the day and appreciative of the support at this year's clean up event.

“We wouldn't have achieved what we achieved without the support of the volunteers.”

Mr Henshall was also grateful for the support of P&M Meats at Centro for providing the meat for the well deserved after clean-up barbecue and Plants Whitsunday for providing the tip-truck.

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