March 2020: Peel-Harvey Catchment Council is supporting the Friends of Rivers, Peel to coordinate the month-long Clean Up Peel Waterways Event. Now in its fourth year, the event is growing ever stronger and has developed a great local following.
Last year 17 teams and 300 volunteers worked together to collect rubbish from in and around the Peel waterways. 7 tonnes of rubbish were removed from this Ramsar site, most of which consisted of plastic materials such as fast food containers and soft plastics.
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 for our wetlands and wildlife.
UPDATE: Sadly, the clean-ups scheduled for the remainder of March 2020 have been cancelled. This includes the clean-up at Samphire Cove on 29th March. The decision was made to postpone these events due to health recommendations regarding public gatherings.
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council and Friends of Rivers Peel support precautionary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to protect our community. For those who have already run a clean-up, thank you, and please remember to send your summary forms and photos in. This is still very important so we can still promote the good work that has been done so far.
LATEST: For the event summary please visit peel-harvey.org.au/clean-up-peel-waterways-2020
More information about this annual event
We encourage individuals and groups to hold their clean-up events during the month of March to tie in with Clean Up Australia Day. Participants will be publicly acknowledged through various social media streams with a minimum one full-page advertisement in a local paper, which will spread the word about your Clean Up and attract much-needed volunteers.
1. Register your site with Clean Up Australia so that your equipment arrives in time. Clean Up Australia also provides public liability insurance, so this step is important and necessary for a successful clean-up event.