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Clarence youth step up for Clean Up Australia Day

CLARENCE City Council Deputy Mayor Alderman Heather Chong and Bellerive Primary School students worked together to clean up Bellerive Beach earlier this month to tackle the local litter as part of Schools Clean Up Australia Day. 

The schools-specific event preceded national Clean Up Australia Day, which was held across Australia on Sunday 7 March.

Clarence City Council once again registered as a supporting council and offered assistance to participating groups with rubbish collection and disposal.

Last year, more than 2,500 participants cleared 16 tonnes of waste from 38 registered sites across Clarence.

Alderman Chong said council was pleased to once again support Australia’s largest community-based environmental event.

“It’s wonderful to see local community members, organisations, schools and businesses get involved in this great event and do their part for our environment,” she said.

“I was thrilled to be able to join these community-minded students in cleaning up one of our city’s most well-used areas.”

Bellerive Primary School principal Steven Hay said the school actively participated in many community service events such as Clean Up Australia Day.

“We believe it is important to contribute as much as possible to make the community a safe, happy and friendly place,” he said. 

“At our school, it’s important for our students to realise that they receive a fair bit to support their development and opportunities in life – and so equally they must respect this and learn to give back and contribute wherever possible.

“If everyone works together, incredible community spirit and a sense of belonging are enhanced.”

In response to COVID-19, additional conditions were put in place to ensure the health and safety of Clean Up volunteers, including a set number of volunteers per event.

Clean Up kits included QR codes for registration on the day, bags and gloves for every volunteer and hand sanitiser was also be provided.

For more information on Clean Up Australia Day, visit the Clean Up Australia Day website at cleanup.org.au.