On March 4 the people of Australia were invited to get involved in the nation’s largest community-based environmental event, the annual ‘Clean Up Australia Day’.
Clean up day encourages communities to take pride in their local area by inspiring them to get involved to lend a hand and pick up rubbish.
Joining thousands of other participants across the country, the Murray Bridge 4WD Club rallied together and decided to clean up our own back yard, namely Railway Terrace in Murray Bridge.
Our club has a very strong policy of ensuring the environment is protected and clean, which is one of the attractions to going off road.
It is a joy to be a member of this club who have a fantastic record of environmental responsibility.
It was decided that this year, as opposed to other years where we would clean up along the highways and national parks, Murray Bridge could do with a clean-up.
During our three hours of rubbish collecting, starting at 9.00am and finishing at 12.00pm, we managed to collect enough rubbish to stack high on top a 6' x 4' trailer, just from along Railway Terrace alone.
It was surprising to see that the rubbish collected was mostly snack or chip packets and coffee cups, with the obligatory shopping trolley and car tyre being picked up.
By the end of the day we witnessed the happy but weary rubbish collectors with their bounty, who afterwards finished the event with a BBQ at Sturt Reserve.
Before and after shots taken on the day tells the story of how better the environment looks without discarded rubbish.
We would encourage the public to try to contain their rubbish from getting into the environment of this wonderful town.
The rubbish was taken to the Council Depot where it was placed in a large skip bin.
Despite it being a reasonably warm day, and the collecting was difficult due to it being largely located under Peppercorn trees and thorny bushes, we were filled with a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction
The rubbish collected was mostly snack or chip packets and coffee cups, with the obligatory shopping trolley or car tyre being picked up.Steve Burgess