Members of the Bundaberg Four Wheel Drive Club braved the rain and joined in with volunteers from around the country to participate in the annual Clean Up Australia Day campaign.
Although a lot of planned site clean-ups had to be postponed this year due to flooding and bad weather, the club still found a way to participate.
Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.
What started over 30 years ago, by an “average Australia bloke” Ian Kiernan, who had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard has now become the nation’s largest community-based environmental event.
Over the event's lifetime, more than 19 million Australians have donated their time as part of Clean Up Australia Day activities.
The Burrum Coast National Park, and in particular, the Burrum Point camping area and adjacent beaches, was our main area targeted this year, as well as the main access tracks into the park.
In conjunction with the Department of Environment and Science Rangers and the Bundaberg Regional Council, eleven vehicles of enthusiastic members picked up an estimated two cubic meters of rubbish from along the beach and camp zone.
The group found various items amongst the trees and along the beach, including tyres and wheels, multiple thongs and various pieces of plastic.
It was pleasing to see a lot less general rubbish.
Over the coming months the Flotsam and Jetsam from recent flooding will find its way to our beaches, so the cleanup needs to be on everyone’s shoulders to keep our patch as pristine as possible.
As the camp zones have no rubbish facilities people need to keep in mind that if you carry your gear in you can carry it out.
Such actions would go a long way to keeping popular areas like the Burrum Coast National Park open and in the pristine state it should be, for all to enjoy.
– Brad Praed, Bundaberg 4WD
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