401 rubbish bags collected
Clean-Up Australia Day 2012 was marked in the Shire of Roebourne by three major litter clean-ups, sponsored by local Karratha community group CARE.
API West Pilbara Iron Ore Project, in partnership with CARE, coordinated cleanups at Anketell Point and Point Samson on March 1 and 2.
More than 30 volunteers collected almost 70 bags of rubbish from these two locations, as well as an array of illegally dumped items of rubbish.
Nicole Stein, API West Pilbara Iron Ore Project Community Relations Manager, said having only established a presence in Karratha last year the partnership with CARE was a key relationship for the organisation.
“We are very proud to have partnered with CARE for the second time to run Clean Up Australia Day events and look forward to continuing the relationship for many years to come,” she said.
The cleanup events were a success thanks to the efforts of a number of API West Pilbara Iron Ore staff and contractors, who were joined by more than ten students from the Clontarf Foundation who also volunteered their time to assist.
In Karratha, 90 dedicated volunteers collected a staggering 401 bags of rubbish from the verges of Dampier Highway and Madigan Road on Sunday, March 4.
The cleanup team included 34 fly-in, fly-out workers from Gap Ridge Village.
Karratha CARE group spokesperson Dan Pedersen said the event was an enormous success.
“It is really encouraging to see such a large turn-out from our community, particularly from fly-in, fly-out workers,” Mr. Pedersen said.
“Our special thanks go to the Health and Lifestyle Team at Gap Ridge Village, who co-promoted the event and to Sodexo for sponsoring the volunteers BBQ following the cleanup.
“The vast majority of rubbish that was found along the roadsides had clearly blown from utes and trucks.
“We are pleading with local businesses and industry to be more vigilant in covering and securing their loads before travelling on our roads.”
The combined cleanup events (470 bags of rubbish) raised a total of $2,820.00 for the Nickol Bay Speedway. This is made possible by the Shire of Roebourne’s ‘Bucks for Bags’ program.
The Karratha CARE group’s next cleanup is set to occur in May to coincide with the Shire’s Annual Clean-Up Day.
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