Take your rubbish with you this Australia day

We are being encouraged to get involved in Clean Up Australia Day by the City of Gold Coast.

Mayor Tom Tate said this is a fantastic initiative that has rightly become an institution for thousands of families across the city.

“We all love the Gold Coast and want our neighbourhood streets to look great and feel safe. Clean Up Australia Day brings locals together and sends the message that littering, like graffiti, won’t be tolerated,” said Cr Tate.


The Mayor added that the annual event fosters a genuine grassroots appreciation for the environment, especially amongst local youth, complementing Council’s reputation as the greenest in history.

“Political activists masquerading as environmentalists spend more time on the news and trying to get their hands on more ratepayer money than they do rolling up their sleeves,” said Cr Tate

“The true heroes are the unsung thousands who get involved in Clean Up Australia Day. They do it only to make a difference; not for the limelight and money,” said Cr Tate.

“The city has played its part this year with the launch of a new kerbside green waste service which has diverted waste from landfills and generated enough renewable energy to power thousands of family homes,” said Cr Tate.

This year Gold Coasters will join with Imogen Potts, aged 10 years, in cleaning up the Gold Coast as  site and volunteer registrations are now open for Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 2 March 2014.

Australia’s biggest community event is hosted for the 15th time on the Gold Coast and Gold Coast City Council together with Gecko – Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council are inviting all members of community to get involved.

In 2014 the coordinators are proud to introduce Imogen Potts, the new face of Clean Up Australia Day on the Gold Coast. Imogen is a 10 year old Gold Coaster passionate to make a big impact on our environment. As a Clean up Champion, she takes part in various clean ups during  the year and inspires and educates the general public to reduce waste and litter in our environment through public events and the Yeskandoo organisation. This inspirational young lady has come on board the Clean Up Australia Day campaign on the Gold Coast to assist in promoting community participation as well as to do her part in keeping our beautiful city golden and green!

“Whether you are a private resident, business, school class or a local sports club, this is an event for everyone.” Says Imogen. “I did my first clean up with my family when I was two years old. I did participate from the comfort of my pram then, but nevertheless I have been involved ever since.”

Community members can get involved by registering a site, as a volunteer in an existing site or simply by letting  Gecko  know of a litter hotspot that will get promoted as a key clean up site. Site and volunteer registrations can be made through Clean Up Australia Day website or by contacting Gecko and to register a litter hotspot or for any other enquiries, the clean up team in Gecko is there to help.