Cleaning up our communities

Somerset SES member Paul Williams with Jenson and Riley from PCYC Emergency Services Cadets hauling a large pipe at Twin Bridges.

Communities across the country joined forces on Sunday March 3 to clean up Australia.

Among the towns across the region participating in Clean Up Australia Day were Fernvale and Marburg, where State Emergency Service crews joined the community to clean recreational areas.

At Twin Bridges in Fernvale, Somerset SES crews were joined by PCYC Emergency Services Cadets, Fernvale Girl Guides, Motley Crew 4WD Club members, and Somerset and Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Association members, totalling 46 cleaners.

The team hauled large discarded items out of the Brisbane River, including tyres and pieces of shedding.

Friends of Lake Apex (FOLA) were joined by members and parents from the Glenore Grove Scout Group for a successful clean up in Gatton at the Lake Apex Parklands.

FOLA member Diane Lewin said the group collected three large bags of assorted rubbish and a bollard.

“Happily, over the years, the amount of rubbish has dwindled due to the efforts of a few wonderful local community members who habitually collect rubbish during their walks around the park,” she said.

In Marburg, the community got up early to clean the streets and was later joined by the SES.

Marburg and District Residents Association president Leo Faranda was glad to see the community come together.

“It’s a community event, it’s important for the environment, and we’re carrying on a tradition from Ian Kiernan from 1990 when he started this day,” Mr Faranda said.

“Since then there’s been about 22 million people who have volunteered their time.

“For Marburg, in particular, we’re a proud town, a tidy town, and we want to keep that tradition.”

Marburg SES member Brenda Berry said the town kept itself pretty clean.

“We had a lot of local residents in the past who cleaned up a lot everyday when they’re out walking, which helped keep out town neat and tidy,” she said.

“But there are hidey spots where people dump rubbish which is really infuriating, because they don’t want to pay to go to the dump.

“A lot of the litter flows in here and it comes from the takeaways on the highway, from travellers going through.”