Residents turn out at a record 55 Clean Up Australia Day sites

They came. They cleaned. They conquered.

Ipswich residents turned out in their hundreds at a record 55 officially registered sites for the biggest Clean Up Australia Day in the city’s history.

Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan said he was proud the community had stepped up.

“I was fortunate enough to visit a few sites and I was blown away at the amount of rubbish that was collected,” Cr Milligan said.

“Community groups around the city should be applauded at the great work they’ve done in cleaning up and helping to keep Ipswich beautiful.

“I would also urge everyone to think carefully about their waste and to always dispose of rubbish in the correct manner.”

The Springfield Scouts Group cleaned up two parklands around the YMCA Springfield Lakes Community Centre.

Springfield Cub Scout Leader Thomas Hewitt said it was a very successful event.

“Our clean up went very well – we collected about 300kg of rubbish and had about 40 members and 65 parents and friends attend,” Mr Hewitt said.

“We were very happy to contribute back to society and help the environment and we look forward to next year’s event.”

Ipswich City Council’s Environment and Sustainability team supports educational programs that encourage locals to attend events like Clean Up Australia Day.

Participation in environmental events encourages positive behaviour change and promotes appreciation and care of the local environment.

Council is also working on several initiatives to improve resource recovery as part of its Resource Recovery Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021-2031.

More information about these initiatives is available at Shapeyouripswich.com.au/resourcerecovery 

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