• Tony Bosworth

Fleet of kayak volunteers to clean up flood debris one of four organised cleanups on May 30

A fleet of volunteers in kayaks will be sailing down Cattai Creek a week this Sunday in an ambitious effort to clean two kilometres of both sides of the creek – the Hawkesbury side and the Hills side – of flood debris.

That’s just one of four organised clean-ups to be held on May 30, at Cattai, Ebenezer, McGraths Hill and Cornwallis, thanks to Clean Up Australia and OzFish who have partnered with Hawkesbury Council.

Flood debris to be cleared at Deerubbin Park

They’re looking for volunteers to help on the day, so check out the link at the end of this story.

The council will be providing skip bins at each of the locations to assist with the Clean Up day, with Council staff also being involved.

Pip Kiernan, Chairman of Clean Up Australia, said, “It’s wonderful to see the community coming together to clean up shared spaces in flood-affected areas. Clean Up Australia has always been about more than just one day of action, we support communities to clean up all through the year and it's particularly important that we can respond quickly and provide support when natural disasters occur.”

Protective gloves and rubbish collection bags are being provided by Clean Up Australia to all registered volunteers at the sites, along with refreshments.

“Materials provided by Clean Up Australia for this activity have been funded through donations received from the thousands of Coles’ shoppers across Australia who purchased multi-use hessian bags as an alternative to single-use plastics at the checkout, “Mr Kiernan said.

“It’s a great example of communities funding communities.”


Argyle Bailey Memorial Park, Ebenezer

(Also known as Swallow Rock Reserve or Ebenezer Church Reserve)

8:30am to 1pm

Meet at the car park near the toilet block at the start of the Swallow Rock Reach Walking Trail, located off Coromandel Rd, Ebenezer. Please turn off at Ebenezer Church.

Colbee Park

8:30am to 1pm

Meet near the BMX Track, at Colbee Park, Old Hawkesbury Road, McGraths Hill.

Deerubbin Park

9:30am to 1pm

Meet at the Clubhouse in Deerubbin Park; enter via Cornwallis Road, Cornwallis.

3Z Newman Road, Glenorie – Cattai Creek, Glenorie

9:30am to 1pm

Meet at 3Z Newman Road, Glenorie.

This Clean Up will be held at 3Z Newman Road, Glenorie with a number of local volunteer groups coming on board including Galston-Glenorie Fishing Club, Hawkesbury-Nepean Landcare, Glenorie Progress Association and the Cattai Hills Environment Network. Council staff will be assisting Ozfish to coordinate the clean-up.

For more information, contact Pablo Bateson, Resilience Planning Coordinator at Hawkesbury City Council on 4560 4682 or 0427 849 321 or email council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

Remember to register before the event at cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/hawkesbury

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