The simple way to make a big difference this weekend

Youth groups, businesses, schools and community groups will be picking up litter across Ipswich this weekend for Clean Up Australia Day.

Brassall resident Talitha Follett has organised one of the city’s Clean Up Australia Day events in Queens Park on Sunday 1 March, from 1 – 3pm.

The 19-year-old university student said she hoped this year’s event would build on the success of last year’s clean up event that she hosted in Riverheart Parklands.

“There’s been a lot of interest so far,” Ms Follet said.

“I think now there’s so much more awareness about sustainability and making our planet a better place to live. We need to do more.”

Ms Follett said she encouraged everyone to do their bit to help beautify their local parks and neighbourhood, but reminded people to register before the event.

“We will be providing bags and a sharps container just in case, but you do need to register everyone in your family, including children,” Ms Follet said.

“It’s a really great thing to do for your community, and it’s really family friendly.”

“We’ve got some grandparents coming with their grandkids, it’s definitely all ages inclusive.”

Image: Talitha Follett is encouraging more people across Ipswich to get involved with Clean Up Australia Day

Other groups who are involved in Clean Up Australia Day events in Ipswich include Karalee Scouts, SES workers and Bundamba State Secondary College.

Community Clean Up events are taking place throughout the weekend in Booval, Ipswich, Springfield and Karalee.

More than 680,000 volunteers were involved in last year’s Clean Up Australia Day events across the country, which saw more than 15,000 ute loads of rubbish removed from registered locations.

If you’d like to join a clean up or start your own event, visit the Clean Up Australia Day website and search by postcode or suburb.

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