Join in the Annual Clean-Up this March

MEHG / Friends of the Rivers in partnership with Peel-Harvey Catchment Council coordinates this month-long event to clean up our local parks, reserves and neighbourhoods.

View the clean-ups that registered with us in March 2024 to find more volunteers. Thank you to all the groups, schools, businesses and individuals that pitched in.

NEW: Participants removed more than 10,000 kilos of rubbish in March 2024!  Can you guess what the most commonly found item of rubbish was? Find out more courtesy of Peel-Harvey Catchment Council.

Register your group for the annual CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA event next March
We encourage all participating groups to hold their clean-up events between 1st & 31st March to tie in with Clean Up Australia Day on the first Sunday of March. Groups taking part will be publicly acknowledged through various social media streams which will spread the word about your clean-up and attract much-needed volunteers.

This year we want the event to be even bigger and better and involve more of our community so we can really make a difference to our local environment. 

Steps you need to take to register for Clean Up Australia Month:

  • March will be here before you know it so please register your site with Clean Up Australia so that your free equipment arrives in time (gloves, bags, first aid kit, etc.). Clean Up Australia also provides public liability insurance, so this step is very important and necessary for a successful clean-up event. Here is a useful checklist for organisers.
  • You are also encouraged to fill in this registration form with your event details by 11 February 2024. This is used to advertise and promote your event locally. Thank you to Peel-Harvey Catchment Council for helping us with this and for providing a budget for signage and refreshments.
  • If your clean-up is in the Shire of Murray you can redeem $100 through Alcoa and the Shire’s Community Assistance Partnership Fund to assist with event costings. For further information and eligibility requirements contact the Shire on 08 9531 7777.

Download the resources you’ll need on the day.

To join an existing Clean Up Australia event this March please visit

Thank you for doing your bit to clean up our beautiful waterways, beaches, parks, reserves and neighbourhoods.

Rubbish Removal
Clean Up Australia requires that if event organisers need assistance with collection of rubbish after your event, they inform their local Council of the details of their clean-up and arrange an appropriate location for rubbish to be collected. Please get in touch with the appropriate officer for your local government area:
• City of Mandurah:
• Shire of Murray:

Conditions of Participation
• Wear suitable sun-smart clothing and suitable enclosed footwear.
• Bring along your gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and water bottle.
• All events are held outdoors and are weather permitting.
• Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Dudley Dolphin
Our popular mascot can appear at your clean-up event, subject to availability. Please contact us if you’d like to borrow the costume. Here are the costume guidelines. We can also give you some free Dudley Dolphin Outdoor Adventure Activity Booklets to give to the kids. Let us know how many you need.

Clean Up Equipment
Our friends at Coastal Waste Warriors can lend you a clean-up kit which includes up to 30 pick-up sticks, subject to availability. Please contact us if you’d like to borrow a kit.

Subject to Funding
We’re hoping to be able to provide signage for your clean-up event as well as light refreshments for volunteers. Watch this space.

History of our Clean Up Australia Month
It all started in 2003 with Friends of Rivers, Peel cleaning up the rivers. Since then, not only has Friends of the Rivers merged with MEHG, the event has expanded and has also been known as Clean Up the Peel Waterways and Clean Up the Peel. Note that we have dropped the name Peel out of respect for the Bindjareb people.

Previous Clean-ups
2023 – Here is what was achieved. It includes how much was collected and the most unusual items found.
2022 – Here is a summary of our achievements: and here is some more information.

Please click on the photo to enlarge

These are the groups who participated in March 2021 and this is what they achieved:

  • 138 full bags collected
  • 1402.4kg of rubbish collected (estimated)
  • 11.6 cubic metres of rubbish collected (estimated)
  • 256 participants
  • 78 new participants

Visit for the full picture.

Thank you to our sponsors and organisers:

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