Local community helping to keep Australia clean
This Sunday individuals, families and volunteer groups will come together on Clean Up Australia Day to tackle waste and litter in communities throughout Western New South Wales (NSW).
Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, said that protecting the natural environment, particularly waterways, is an important priority for the Australian Government.
“The Australian Government supports the fantastic work done by the Clean Up Australia campaign with $300,000 over three years in funding from our National Landcare Programme,” Minister Hunt said.
This Australian Government funding complements the generous donations of funding, time and effort by businesses, councils and community members who are supporting Clean Up Australia’s national campaign to reduce waste, remove litter and to improve the health of our environment.
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said he enjoys representing communities that take so much pride in where they live.
“The communities across Western NSW are passionate about protecting the local environment and making their towns safe and clean for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Coulton said.
“This year we hope to see a lot of new faces joining forces to help clean up and it’s particularly great to see so many young people getting involved.”
Last year’s Clean Up Australia Day was a great success with more than 533,500 volunteers across Australia collecting over 13,708 tonnes of rubbish from clean-up sites across the country.
“This is a fantastic effort and it shows that by working together we can make a real difference to keep Australia clean,” Minister Hunt said.