Naval cadets chip in to get Ipswich ship shape

ALL HANDS ON DECK: Australian Navy Cadets Ipswich Unit members Sam Allwood and Jessica Price cleaning up for Clean Up Australia Day at the Bundamba Skatepark yesterday.
ALL HANDS ON DECK: Australian Navy Cadets Ipswich Unit members Sam Allwood and Jessica Price cleaning up for Clean Up Australia Day at the Bundamba Skatepark yesterday. Sarah Harvey

 

Australian Navy Cadets Ipswich Unit cleaning up for CleanUp Australia Day at the Bundamba Skatepark on Sunday. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times
Australian Navy Cadets Ipswich Unit cleaning up for CleanUp Australia Day at the Bundamba Skatepark on Sunday. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times Sarah Harvey

CHAIRS and tyres were among the rubbish a group of Ipswich Naval Cadets pulled out from around the Bundamba Creek.

Thirteen members of the naval cadets scoured Rotary Park for everything from chip wrappers to parts of cars yesterday as part of Clean Up Australia Day.

Ipswich Naval Cadets sub-lieutenant Paul Andrews said the day was a great way for cadets to get out into the community.

"I think a lot of people don't realise Ipswich has Naval Cadets," he said.

"So this was a great way for us to get into the community. People loved seeing some uniforms out there helping out."

Mr Andrews said it was a good opportunity to repay Ipswich for the support they'd already received.

"We've had some great help from the Ipswich City Council," he said.

"The council are very good to us with donations, so this was a chance for us to really do something to give back to the community."

For the cadets themselves taking part in Clean Up Australia Day was a chance to further themselves in the organisation.

Mr Andrews said community service was a way for them to work towards their Readiness Badge. He said while the cadets were wearing leather gloves in anticipation of finding dangerous goods like needles, they didn't find any.

"It was pleasantly surprising actually," he said.

"We were pulling chairs out, tyres out, stuff like that. But not one needle was found."

The work done at Rotary Park was just one of many Clean Up Australia Day events held across the region.

Emu parades and working bees were held across Ipswich, the Lockyer and Brisbane Valleys and the Scenic Rim. Clean Up Australia Day last year removed an estimated 16,150 tonnes of rubbish at 7341 sites across the country and involved more than half a million volunteers.

To get involved in the Ipswich Naval Cadets phone Paul Andrews on 0411 758 387.