Clean Up Australia Day is a major event on any environmental calendar, and this year it celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Taking place on Sunday 1 March, it’s Australia’s biggest community event and both the City of Gold Coast and our peak environment group Gecko are calling on people to get their hands dirty.
Anna Itkonen is the Gold Coast coordinator for Clean Up Australia Day and she says the event is a perfect example of the community banding together to make a difference.
“During these 25 years, Australian have volunteered for more than 27.2 million hours on Clean Up Australia Day, removing an estimated 288,650 tonnes of rubbish from 145,754 sites across the country,” she said.
“The Gold Coast community has been enthusiastically involved ever since the beginning and many funny stories, weird and wonderful objects and new friendships fit into those years.”
“Ideally there would not be any need for these kind of clean ups but until then, we encourage everyone to look after their environment, reduce waste, dispose of your waste responsibly and to join in Clean Up Australia Day.”
Community members can get involved by registering a clean up site, registering as a volunteer at one of the existing sites below or simply by letting organisers know of a litter hotspot.
Visit cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or phone Gecko on 5534 1412 for more information.
Gold Coast Clean Up Australia Day sites
|Arundel||Napper Road, meet at Arundel Tavern at 7am|
|Arundel||Meet at 144 Allied Drive at 9 am|
|Ashmore||Ashmore Community Centre, meet at the car park at 9am|
|Ashmore||Meet at Ashmore Scout Den at 8 am|
|Burleigh Heads||Along The Esplanade, meet at southern end of The Esplanade at 8 am|
|Burleigh Heads||Burleigh Headland, meet at the top of Goodwin Terrace at 8 am|
|Coomera||Meet at McDonalds BP Coomera at 9 am|
|Currumbin||Currumbin Creek, meet at Gecko House on Duringan Street at 8 am|
|Currumbin||Currumbin Lions Park, meet at the park at 9 am|
|Currumbin||Salk Oval and Currumbin Creek, meet at Palm Beach Scout Den at 8 am|
|Elanora||Meet at Pirate Ship Park at 9 am|
|Helensvale||Oyster Cove, meet at the park at Tranqulity Circuit at 9 am|
|Helensvale||Siganto Drive, meet at Helensvale McDonalds at 9 am|
|Hope Island||Jabiru Island, meet at Jabiru Island carpark at 9 am|
|Jacobs Well||Meet at Jacobs Well Community Centre at 9 am|
|Labrador||Harley Park, meet onsite at 9am|
|Labrador||Meet at McDonalds Hope Island at 9 am|
|Main Beach||Federation Walk, meet at Federation Walk carpark at 8 am|
|Maudsland||Flooded Gum Park, meet at McAuley prd at 8 am|
|Miami||Meet at Santa Monica at 9 am|
|Molendinar||Southport-Nerang Road, Meet at Ashmore McDonalds at 9 am|
|Mudgeeraba||Wiltshire Park, meet at cnr Wiltshire dr and Langport pde at 8am|
|Nerang||Meet at Pappa’s way drive at 9 am|
|Ormeau||The Ormeau Centre, meet at the centre at 9am|
|Ormeau||Pascoe rd and nearby streets, meet at McDonald Ormeau at 9 am|
|Oxenford||Meet at McDonalds Oxenford carpark at 9 am|
|Oxenford||Regatta Waters Lake, meet at the children’s playground at 10 am|
|Palm Beach||Lacey’s Lane, meet at 9am at the beach end of Lacey’s Lane|
|Palm Beach||Palm Beach Parklands, meet behind Dune Café at 9 am|
|Palm Beach||Pirate Ship Park, meet at 9 am|
|Parkwood||Parkwood bushland, meet at cnr of Olsen ave and Wintergreen dr at 9 am|
|Parkwood||Meet at Parkwood Scout Den at 7 am|
|Robina||Robina Common, meet at Robina Common carpark at 7.15 am|
|Runaway Bay||Shearwater Esplanade, meet atcnr of Shearwater esp and Runaway Bay ave at 9 am|
|South Stradbroke||Meet at Rudy Maas Marina at 6.15 am|
|Southport||The Spit, meet at Doug Jennings Park at 9 am|
|Southport||Around Ferry rd, meet at McDonalds Southport at 9 am|
|Surfers Paradise||Meet under Surfers Paradise arch at 4 pm|
|Tugun||Various sites in Tugun, meet at Tom Atkin Hall at 8 am|
|Upper Coomera||Along Days rd, meet at McDonald Upper Coomera at 9 am|