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Kyabram and Tongala looking cleaner

Kyabram and Tongala have benefitted from Clean Up Australia Day events.

March 5, 2014 4:14am

Tongala's Clean Up Australia Day volunteers prepare to set off from Soundshell Park.


Groups of volunteers helped clean up on Sunday morning as part of the 24th annual Clean Up Australia Day.

Tongala and Kyabram were among the communities across Campaspe Shire to benefit from clean up events.

The volunteers were supplied with gloves and bags and spent about two hours picking up litter and recyclable items from their neighbourhoods.

In Tongala, 14 participants, with a wide age range and mainly from the town’s Girl Guides group and Lions Club, set off in different directions from Soundshell Park.

They returned with seven bags of general rubbish and seven bags of recyclables, plus other items including an old tyre, before enjoying a free barbecue and soft drinks provided by Council.

Kyabram only had five people take part in its clean up as many regular volunteers were involved in the official opening of the Kyabram Community Garden.

Those who did take part collected 2 bags of rubbish, two bags of recyclables and were rewarded with a free sausage sizzle.

One volunteer found a $1 coin for his troubles, while the overall collection included many recyclable containers, cigarette butts and some broken toys.

Co-ordinator Viv Curnow said the volunteers concentrated on an area from Memorial Gardens to the saleyards and Bradley St car park.

Volunteers Brian and Marg Polglase said they were disappointed more people did not turn out for the event.

‘‘It’s sad that people don’t see that it’s in everybody’s interest to chip in for a couple of hours once a year,’’ Mr Polglase said.

He said they were also disappointed in the amount of cigarette butts they picked up from around the liquor outlet in Bradley St.

‘‘There would have been hundreds of them,’’ he said.

Mrs Polglase said she was also surprised about the amount of litter around the stockyard in Edis St.

Other Campaspe Shire Council clean ups were in Echuca, where a combined council and Landcare effort produced two skips filled with rubbish and four 240L bins with recyclable containers, and Corop, where the Community Action Group collected a skip full of rubbish.

Last Wednesday about 15 council staff, including chief executive Keith Baillie, took part in a clean up at Echuca Aquatic Reserve and collected nine bags of rubbish in an hour, while several schools had their own clean up events on Friday.

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