Clean Up Australia Day mascot Tucki the platypus collecting rubbish with EnviTE worker Brett Badenach (left) and Shannon Smedle
Clean Up Australia Day mascot Tucki the platypus collecting rubbish with EnviTE worker Brett Badenach (left) and Shannon Smedle

Wanted: Another big heap

By MARY MANN

ANDREW HANNA was surprised to see a two-tonne pile of rubbish had been collected from the streets of Lismore by 100 volunteers last Clean Up Australia Day.

From old drink bottles and cans to chip packets and bits of paper, the pile had it all ? and would have ended up in our waterways if locals hadn't picked it up.

Mr Hanna, co-ordinator of environmental health at Lismore City Council, is hoping volunteers will make the big heap again this Sunday, when community members from all over Australia will be chipping in to tidy up their country.

"We are targetting parks, reserves and waterways in Lismore this year," Mr Hanna said.

"The waterways are particularly important because most of the litter from our streets ends up in the creeks.

"Tucki Creek is of particular importance as it supports a great fauna habitat, such as platypus and a variety of turtle species, which are known to ingest plastic."

To help clean up in Lismore, be at Kadina Park on Sunday to register from 7.30am to 10am. Go to www.cleanup.org.au



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