Port Augusta joins cleanup Australia Day

CLEAN: Port Augusta City Mayor Sam Johnson and Councillors Ann Johnston, Phil Brown, Colleen Hutchison and Brett Benbow at the March 5 clean-up.
CLEAN: Port Augusta City Mayor Sam Johnson and Councillors Ann Johnston, Phil Brown, Colleen Hutchison and Brett Benbow at the March 5 clean-up.

Port Augusta joined the country in Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday March 5, with local residents taking precious time out to help do their part.

Six registered groups participated while there were a number of non-registered groups.

The groups included Port Augusta City Council elected members, CentaCare Catholic Family Service and Lions Club Port Augusta.

Local residents also met at Port Augusta McDonalds and Caritas College to attended their respective cleanup site while there was a number of individuals who participated too.

And groups were well prepared for the hot conditions, attending their cleanup sites in the early morning.

Through working with waste management company Veoila, Council organised four skip-bins to be available for clean up groups to use when they wanted to dump their rubbish once they finished their cleanup.

The skip bins were placed in strategic locations, located at a central point in close proximity to the groups cleanup sites.

And in conjunction with Clean Up Australia, Council organised a half-priced dump at the Port Augusta Resource Recovery Centre on the weekend from March 4-5.

Council Contracts & Events Officer Brooke Mundy said the move was popular among local residents as a notable increase of visitors at the Centre.

This year, 6149 cleanup groups were registered across Australia and over the last 26 years volunteers have donated more than 31 million hours at over 166 thousand locations in Australia.