In our humble opinion, Clean Up Australia Day here in Singleton was a huge success!!
As Sunday morning dawned, Singleton Tidy Towns, Lions Club and Singleton Council representatives were ready and raring at the registration muster point in Burdekin Park.
Tidy Towns President, Lyn McBain along with other committee members and Council's Sustainability Projects Officer set up station near the iconic tractors: taking registrations, giving out protective equipment and ensuring everyone had what they needed to remain sun and Covid safe as they stepped up to clean up!
Singleton Lion's Club had sustainably packed breakfast packs prepared for the almost 70 participants including; Scouts, Rotary, the Clontarf boys from Singleton High School, local families and individuals!
We were honoured by a visit from Katroina Dixon (Board Member, Clean Up Australia) who we learnt has recently become a local and quickly went about donning her own gloves and stepped up too!
As well as the Tidy Towns event, there were a number of community members who took the initiative on themselves to register their participation individually. An outstanding effort was coordinated by Ian Murrell along with 12-15 Glennies Creek locals, who went about cleaning up Thomas Lane, Bridgman Road and the surrounding natural corridors!
Together as a community, we successfully retrieved and appropriately disposed of 5.05 tonnes of waste.
We also learned that the some of the most inappropriately discarded waste types currently present in our community are cigarette butts, fast food packaging and tyres. Council is already looking at ways to incorporate this knowledge into our Sustainability Education and Engagement Plan.
A massive thank you to the community organisations and individuals who came together to facilitate the local Clean Up events and also to all those community members who dedicated their time on Sunday morning to collectively Step Up to Clean Up!