Clean Up Australia, Jacqui

Is anyone else disgusted by the amount of rubbish littering our beautiful country? Well, let’s take action and Clean Up Australia! This year’s official Clean Up Australia Day is tomorrow, Sunday 5th of March. There are clean-up sites all over Geelong – you can find your nearest one on the website  by simply popping in your postcode.


“Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment,” explains their website. “In 1989 an ‘average Australian bloke’ had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard – Sydney Harbour. This simple idea has now become the nation’s largest community-based environmental event.”

Personally, I’ve been involved in cleaning up Australia all my life. Rubbish lying around was my mum’s pet hate. She’d always pick it up and find the nearest bin. No wonder my sister went on to become a Council Environmental Officer. At Highton Primary school where I teach I help the Environmental Team organise the clean up. It fits in with the inquiry project we do called ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew’. The kids are great at helping out and embrace this positive message. I’m proud our small community school is still one that holds family working bees.

I also run a Clean Up Australia site at Wandana Oval, Tim Hill Reserve (9.30 – 10.30am on Sunday). We started it when I was the Coordinator of Roslyn Playgroup Committee, making it into a family event complete with a jumping castle for the kids. The Wandana Heights Tennis Club also help out. My friends and their families continued to help with the clean up every year. Over the years people like Andrew Katos have turned up to help out. We also get kids from schools such as Sacred Heart, where students get points for community services.

If you are busy this Sunday there are other ways you can help. You could take a rubbish bag with you next time you went for a walk or in the car. We covered @Take 3 for the Sea on 12 November last year Their simple message is take three bits of rubbish away with you every time you visit the beach.

My taking action has led me to what I do today. Written by the Founder of Humans in Geelong, Jacqui Bennett.