Clean up Australia day a success for Wollongong

Clean up Australia day beings thousands of Aussies out each year to help pick up the trash cluttering our beaches and park leands. The Illawarra had its own success on Sunday when 1100 people turned out to help clean up more than 30 sites from Helensburgh to Dapto.

 

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 Environment Education Coordinator for Wollongong City Council, Mike McKeon, says plastic bottles, glass and cigarette butts make up the majority of the trash collected. 30% of the garbage collected is recyclable. The council is still consolidating and sorting garbage but so far the Illawarra’s collection count is up to 12 tonne.

 

 

Australians have long been conscious of the need for a clean environment, especially in an age where global warming is already showig its effects, but more needs to be done do help reduce waste. Taking simple steps

such as using reusable coffee cups or photocopying double sided can help in reducing the amount of trash filling our landfills.

 

 

In agreement with Mr McKeon, The Clean Up Australia group says cigarette butts and tobacco related products are Australia’s biggest litter issue. Almost 50% of the trash collected from urban areas is cigarette butts.

 

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Two United Diver Clean up Australia Day participants emerge from the harbour

 

Waterways are a primary focus of the Clean Up Australia Day, an estimated 7 billion tonnes of rubbish enters the world’s oceans each year, Wollongong harbour was no different. On Sunday the University diving club and United Divers scoured the Harbour floor picking up rubbish.

 

Des Peros of United Divers says everything from plastic to fishing robs can be found under the water. Marine debris is not only a pollution problem is also kills up to 1million sea birds a year along with thousands of other types of marine life.

 

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The United Divers team on Sunday after cleaning up the Harbour

 

Listen to the report…[Audio http://www.musicwebtown.com/wales/254825%5D

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Clean up Australia Day: Notice

This Sunday the 1st of March is Clean up Australia Day. Wollongong has a long and successful history of getting involved and cleaning up the streets on the annual event and this year should be no different.

Families, individuals, friends and businesses can register on Sunday between 9am and 12pm at any of the 30 or so points across the Illawarra. Check the list for a registration desk closest to you.

Schools are getting a head start this year and will be doing their part on Friday. More than 40 schools in the Illawarra have registered to take part in Clean up Australia day.

Where you can register…

·        Helensburgh, Corner Parks and Junction streets – Royal National Park

·        Coalcliff – Surf Life Saving Club

·        Sandon Point – Surf Life Saving Club

·        Bulli – Slacky Creek, Beach end

·        Bulli – Bulli Tops

·        Woonona – McDonald’s Restaurant

·        Bellambi – Bellambi Point

·        Corrimal – Surf Life Saving Club

·        Mount Pleasant– Whipbird Reserve

·        North Wollongong– Puckeys Estate

·        Wollongong – North Beach

·        Wollongong – Belmore Basin

·        Wollongong – Flagstaff Hill

·        Wollongong – City Beach

·        Wollongong, Fisher Street – opposite Wollongong Public School

·        Wollongong – Tom Thumb Lagoon

·        Wollongong – Greenhouse Park

·        Figtree – McDonald’s Restaurant

·        Mount Kembla – Mount Kembla lookout

·        Berkeley – Boat ramp harbour (Saturday as well)

·        Warrawong – Adjacent to Illawarra Yacht Club

·        Warrawong, King Street – opposite Harvey Norman

·        Windang – Surf Life Saving Club

·        Tallawarra – Tallawarra Boat Ramp

·        Dapto, Gilba Road – near to water board gate

Are sharks a danger on our beaches?

Numerous shark attacks in the region have heightened fear around the creatures lurking in the ocean. I spoke to the General Manager of the Bendigo Bank Aerial Patrol Harry Mitchell who monitors Illawarra and South Coast beaches about the increased media attention on sharks and whether there has been an increase in shark sightings this summer.

Interview with General Manager of the Bendigo Bank Aerial Patrol Harry Mitchell
http://www.musicwebtown.com/mjaros/252331

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme White Paper links

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally launched the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme White Paper this week.

 

Essentially, Kevin Rudd’s scheme is about emissions trading; the concept of selling and buying carbon credits. By charging companies for their pollution output the government can force then to be more responsible and pro-active about cutting down their output.

 

Companies will purchase permits in balance to how much pollution they produce. This extra cost to the companies will however, be passed onto consumers with increases in the price of products and services. When the scheme commences in 2010, so will the Climate Change Action Fund. This is an initiative by the Rudd government that passes on funds to eligible Australians who need assistance coping with the increased cost of every day living.

 

Not everyone agrees with Kevin Rudd’s target of a 5% reduction by 2020. Protesters say the target should be higher, closer to 20%. 

 

Even at 5% Australians in the lower socioeconomic population will feel the burden of price increases. To find out more and just how much you will be affected by the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, visit the Governments Carbon Reduction Scheme and you paper.

The White Paper can be viewed online.

A short video by the Prime minister can also viewed online.