Greater Shepparton City Council, RiverConnect and Shepparton Mooroopna Urban Landcare Group joined forces yesterday to host Shepparton’s War on Waste — Clean Up Australia Day.
Departing from the waters edge at Tom Collins Dve, volunteers arrived and worked through until 11am cleaning up rubbish that had been left and forgotten about.
RiverConnect project officer Melinda Weston’s biggest surprise was finding a full 1.5 litre bottle of Sunkist soft drink.
‘‘It’s a national day that encourages people to get out and clean up their country and we’re lucky that so many volunteer their time,’’ Ms Weston said.
Ms Weston said volunteers would be contributing to a more sustainable future for Greater Shepparton.
‘‘Its a great way to bring the community together and we often find that people are regular Clean Up Australia Day people and they do it every year,’’ she said.
Bags, gloves, high-vis vests and tongs were on offer for volunteers to enjoy, along with a free barbecue and tea and coffee after completion of the clean-up.
Clean Up Australia Day has been a national event since 1989 when an ‘‘average Australian bloke’’ had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard.
This simple idea has become the nation’s largest community-based environmental event to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.