While every day of the year should be considered Clean Up Australia Day, the official day to do our part and promote a sustainable lifestyle is 2 March.
Member for Caulfield David Southwick MP joined locals for Clean Up Australia Day at Caulfield Railway Station and helped clean the area and promote the community spirit of encouraging environmentally friendly ways of disposing of rubbish.
“I had a great day helping clean up the Caulfield station and was delighted to see so many people joining in to help keep Australia tidy,” David said.
“I want to thank all those who got out of bed early on Sunday morning and volunteered their time for this worthy cause,” he added.
Clean Up Australia Day started in 1990 after an ‘average Australian bloke’ had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard, Sydney Harbour, and help clean up and protect the environment.
Over the past 20 years, Australians have devoted more than 24 million hours towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day and collected over 200,000 tonnes of rubbish. So far in 2014 an estimated 572,400 volunteers removed 15,700 tonnes of rubbish at 7,140 sites right across the country.
Clean Up Australia Day has now become the nation’s largest community-based environmental event.
Image: David Southwick MP with locals at Caulfield Railway Station