How to get involved in Clean Up Australia Day

CLEANING UP: Clean Up founder Ian Kiernan at a past Clean Up Australia Day. Clean Up Australia managing director Terrie-Ann Johnson said this year's event would continue his legacy.
CLEANING UP: Clean Up founder Ian Kiernan at a past Clean Up Australia Day. Clean Up Australia managing director Terrie-Ann Johnson said this year's event would continue his legacy.

REDLANDS residents will take to the streets on March 3 to celebrate Clean Up Australia Day.

The event, held annually on the first Sunday in March, will see local groups and community members taking part in clean ups across parks, bushland, beaches and waterways.

Clean Up Australia managing director Terrie-Ann Johnson said volunteers would be continuing the legacy of Clean Up founder Ian Kiernan, who died in October 2018.

“Clean Up Australia Day is the nation’s largest community mobilisation event, and 2019 is the perfect time to band together in Ian’s honour, celebrate what has been achieved, show your support for his vision and continue his dream to Clean Up Australia,” Ms Johnson said.

“Ian firmly believed that every single one of us can and should make a difference. Volunteer action was his amazingly simple idea, his dream and his inspiration.

“His passion was working alongside his fellow Aussies as we clean up our environment and/or reduce waste before it becomes a problem.

“Moving into the future I urge all Australians to take up the challenge (to) become Ian’s successor and continue the momentum he fostered.”

Ms Johnson said eight million tonnes of plastic entered oceans worldwide every year, and there were many actions individuals and groups could take to reduce the impact of rubbish on the environment.

While Clean Up Australia Day is on March 3, separate clean up events will be hosted in the week before for schools on Friday, March 1 and businesses on Tuesday, February 26.

2019 Clean Up Australia Day registrations are still open at cleanupaustraliaday.org.au for groups wishing to host their own events.

Where to get involved on March 3

Wellington Point Recreation Reserve 

A clean up event will be hosted by Keep Queensland Beautiful at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve from 9am to 11am.

People are advised to wear proper footwear and sun protection and bring a water bottle. Bags, gloves and pickup tools will be provided. 

A sausage sizzle will take place after the event. Low tide will be at approximately 2:30pm for people wishing to walk to King Island.

No RSVP required.

John Frederick Park

Paddlers will clean the upper reaches of Tingalpa Creek in kayaks at an event hosted by Redlands Kayak Tours and Positive Change for Marine Life from 6:30am until 9:30am.

Limited numbers of kayaks are available, so people are encouraged to bring their own if possible.

People can also get involved by picking up rubbish along the creek bank.

RSVP to admin@redlandskayaktours.com.au.

Sycamore Nature Belt

A local Keep Queensland Beautiful Adopt a Spot group will host a clean up of Sycamore Nature Belt from 6:30am until 7:30am. 

The group will meet at Teak Lane Easement behind Victoria Point Town Centre.

Sel Outridge Park

The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland bayside branch will host a clean up event of Sel Outridge Park in Redland Bay from 8am until 11am. 

The group will meet in the park at the end of Peel Street.

Capalaba Regional Park

A clean up of Capalaba Regional Park will be hosted by Capalaba Scout Group.

Times are to be advised.