Clean Up Australia Day along the banks of Petrie Creek
Community groups and individuals will be out cleaning up our waterways and the beaches on Sunday March 1st as part of Clean Up Australia Day.
The Petrie Creek Catchment Care Group have organized a cleanup of Nambour, radiating out from Quota Park and along the banks of Petrie Creek.
The group undertakes the major cleanup each year but also have regular mini cleanups throughout the year to keep the banks of the creek clean.
Coordinator Cerran Fawns said, "It is amazing how much rubbish ends up in the creek all year round"
Hauls have included the usual plastic bottles, bags, thongs and trolleys. Over 30 large bags of rubbish were collected in Quota Park alone!
She added, "Last year we also had an assortment of tyres, playground equipment and household items. It is disappointing that we have to do these cleanups as it shows a lack of respect for the environment and the creeks in general".
Creeks are the lifeblood of the catchments and rubbish easily ends up in them as most stormwater drains go to the creek. A plastic bottle thrown from a car window at Panorama Hill will eventually end up in Petrie Creek.
Ms Fawns urges all residents and businesses of Nambour to be mindful of how items may end up in the creek.
"Bins should always be closed and the area around them kept clean" she added.
Not only is rubbish in our waterways unsightly, it has major effects on our wildlife. Plastic bags and cigarette butts eventually end up in the estuary and ocean. Sea turtles eat them but they can't digest them and basically starve to death.
The clean up starts at 9am on Sunday 1st March meeting at Quota Park, Nambour. A BBQ lunch will be supplied for all participants. Phone 5476 4777 to RSVP.
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