Unsung Heroes dedicated to Clean Up Australia Day
Posted on: 07.03.2018
The Wollondilly Shire has been spruced up due to the efforts of the many residents, schools and community groups who took part in Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 4 March.
Among these hardworking locals, a particular group stood out this year for their longstanding commitment to cleaning up their area.
The Theresa Park RFS group has been involved in Clean Up Australia Day since the first event in 1990, an impressive 28 years of service to their community.
Led by Bob McIntosh, this year the group included 10 dedicated volunteer RFS members and four students from the University of Sydney campus at Werombi.
By Sunday night, Mr McIntosh and his team had cleaned the entire length of Werombi Road, stretching from Orangeville to Cobbitty.
One RFS volunteer said the group had already been cleaning for over a week as “one day just doesn’t cut it.”
Discussing their work with a visiting Council Officer, the volunteers said they believed over 50% of the material they had collected was made up of takeaway bags and bottles.
They suspected that residents had purchased these products from nearby town centres and had thrown items out of the window on their way home once they’d finished eating.
The group members think laziness is the main cause of littering and are worried that in a fortnight all their hard work will be undone.
The amount of rubbish they collected easily overflowed the skip bins provided and Mr McIntosh had organised to have a contractor go back to collect the rest.
Mayor Judith Hannan said, “These guys really deserve a shout out, their passion for the local area and keeping it clean is most inspiring – they are a fantastic example of unsung heroes.”
“Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part in the clean ups on Sunday,” she said.
It is estimated that approximately four tonnes of rubbish was collected across the Wollondilly Shire this year on Clean Up Australia Day.
Picture: Norman Sherer and Hugh Gent with the litter collection from Theresa Park