Cleaning up Murray

Murray’s natural landscape continues to shine this week following several Clean Up Australia Day events made possible through exceptional volunteer efforts.

2018 initiatives kicked off in Murray with the Shire’s event on Friday 2 March.

 Volunteers retrieved a total of ten shopping trollies from the Murray River © Josh Cowling

Volunteers retrieved a total of ten shopping trollies from the Murray River © Josh Cowling

Volunteers fished ten shopping trollies, a push bike and a swivel chair out of the Murray River from the iconic swing bridge and filled thirty waste bags with rubbish collected from Cantwell Park.

A further four events took place across the weekend which saw Mandurah Environment and Heritage Group successfully facilitate its fifteenth consecutive Clean Up Australia Day event.

 Exceptional volunteer efforts made for a successful 2018 Clean Up Australia Day event © Josh Cowling

Exceptional volunteer efforts made for a successful 2018 Clean Up Australia Day event © Josh Cowling

Efforts concentrated on the removal of rubbish from the Murray and Serpentine Rivers, Delta Islands and local foreshores.

Remarkably over 2 tonnes of waste was removed from the waterways and surrounding areas, covering a total of 8km2.

The local waterways clean up forms part of the Clean Up the Peel Waterways program – a Friends of the Rivers Peel initiative, and is supported by Alcoa and the Shire of Murray.

The Shire also supported clean up efforts facilitated by the Ravenswood Community Group, the Pinjarra Girl Guides and a community driven initiative in North Dandalup.

“Trash and illegal dumping have proven detrimental impacts on the environment and the ability to compromise valuable Shire assets.

“This year’s Clean Up Australia Day efforts are exemplary of the feats that can be achieved when residents unite in the fight against trash.

“The Shire of Murray commends organisers and volunteers for their willingness to give up their time to clean up and conserve our district and encourage the wider population to do their bit to keep the Shire litter free,” said Cr. Bolt.

 A push bike retrieved from the Murray River © Josh Cowling

A push bike retrieved from the Murray River © Josh Cowling