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Posted on 26 February, 2019 in News

Clean Up Australia Day 2019

By Philippa Megan

The Westport Club & Marine Rescue act to clean up foreshore

Volunteer Marine Rescue Port Macquarie and The Westport Club will partner up on Sunday 3 March to remove rubbish from the Hastings River and foreshore.

Staff from the Club and Marine Rescue team members will volunteer their time to scour the area from Kurrajong Creek to the Westport Park boat ramp, pulling rubbish and dumped items from the shore area and removing litter from Westport Park and grounds surrounding The Westport Club.

Community and Sports Manager for The Westport Club Jenny Edmunds said that our two teams partnered last year which successfully filled numerous bags full of rubbish, including a very rusty sewing machine pulled from Kurrajong Creek. The Westport Club and Marine Rescue share a strong relationship, and this was another sign of the solidarity between the club and community group.

“After our 2018 clean up Greg Davies (Unit Commander for Marine Rescue), said his team members were quick to volunteer again for this year’s event”, Mrs Edmunds said.

Our Club’s Vision is to make a significant contribution to the quality of community life.  Volunteering to maintain the beauty of our foreshore and waterways is another example of how we turn those words into actions and make a difference”.

All Australians can take action to help reduce the 8 million tonnes of plastic that is choking our oceans each year by signing up for 2019 Clean Up Australia Day.

Clean Up Australia Day was founded by the late Ian Kiernan in 1989 when he decided something needed to be done to clean up his beloved Sydney Harbour. The now national event on Sunday 3 March 2019 is the opportunity for all Australians everywhere to bring family, friends, neighbours and colleagues together to take action and help protect their local environment, by removing rubbish before it damages our precious parks, bushland, waterways and oceans.

For more information on Clean Up Australia Day and how you can get involved, visit https://www.cleanup.org.au/ and sign up to help out!

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