Help clean up Arakwal National Park

A CLEAN-UP Australia Day event will be held at Arakwal National Park on Sunday March 6.

National Parks and Wildlife Service will continue its involvement with the Clean Up campaign with a clean-up for Arakwal National Park to the north and south of the high school.

Arakwal National Park was established in 2001 following the signing of an historic Indigenous Land Use Agreement between the Arakwal community and the NSW Government.

The park protects the largest remaining area of coastal clay heath (Byron Bay graminoid heath) left in NSW and supports a significant number of threatened species.

Clean-Up Australia Day is a simple way you can take action to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.

NPWS Ranger Nigel Stewart said volunteers are asked to come out and help clean up plastic debris, bottles and cigarette butts that accumulate in our reserves and adjacent to our walking tracks.

"Rubbish and in particular plastics and bottles are threatened the health of our native wildlife, can be dangerous to walkers and reduce the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

"In 2015 an estimated 526,268 volunteers removed 13,933 tonnes of rubbish at 6,333 sites across the country.

"This year we would like to improve on our efforts from previous years and focus on areas that have high recreational use, close to Byron Bay High school, opposite Red Devil Park and south along the east-west walking trail on the southern end of the reserve.

"If you want to join in and volunteer a few hours meet at the Byron Bay High School carpark, off Bangalow Road, Byron Bay on the day with gloves, a hat, sturdy shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen and register as a volunteer."

The morning will run from 9am until 12noon. Rubbish bags are supplied.

For further information contact Ranger Nigel Stewart on 66209300 or email npws.byroncoast@environment.nsw.gov.au.



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