It's time to clean up, Ipswich
IT'S time to clean up our city.
Bottles and cans in the gutters, cigarette butts in gardens and litter on the street are the target of Clean Up Australia Day today as droves of volunteers are set to turn out to keep the city tidy.
Clean Up Australia Day chairman and founder Ian Kiernan said communities were increasingly willing to get their hands dirty for the sake of a safe and healthy environment.
"Over the last year we have seen a 30% increase in volunteer numbers, a testament o how keen Aussies are to remove rubbish from their favourite places," Mr Kiernan said.
"The best way to start is to look around you, you'll be amazed at how much rubbish is lurking in the bushes, along tidelines, running tracks and picnic spots."
Annette Taylor of Springfield McDonalds organised a clean up Australia Day in Springfield early this morning with the help of LendLease and Ipswich Citizen of the Year Luise Manning.
"It was fantastic," she said.
"We had about 75 people at Spring Lake and 25 at Discovery Lake. Scouts from Redbank Plains were also on canoes in the lakes collecting rubbish.
"There was a lot of plastic, bottles, cans and at Discovery Lakes there is a large amount of builder's debris. Sometimes garbage bins can be overfilled and storms can blow the debris into the lakes.
"We will submit a report to Ipswich City Council and will share information about what we found as well as recommendations about how we can prevent that in the future."
Ipswich Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said he would be out in force this morning, armed with gloves and rubbish bags.
"This is our golden opportunity to get out and do some good for Australia and clean up our little part of the world," he said.
"We can reduce the rubbish and particularly rubbish that gets into Moreton Bay and harms our marine life."
Cr Antoniolli said every moment the community could spare cleaning up Ipswich was a step closer to eliminating rubbish.
"Only a few minutes or an hours commitment is all it takes, that's all that's really needed to make a big difference," he said.
"We can all question why people don't find an appropriate place for their rubbish but if we all set a really high standard and an example for others then maybe there will be long lasting positive effects."