Clean Up Australia Day – why young people in the Hills care

Written by Hills Shire Youth Ambassadors Hayley Irving and Anthony Radic 

We love the Hills, and we love our local parks and bushland. 

That’s why we are stepping up, cleaning up and making the pledge to stop using single use plastic bottles this Clean Up Australia Day. 

We will be joining our Youth Army colleagues and the Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne at Bella Vista Farm on Sunday, March 7.

We are excited for the day and very keen to do our part to help our environment and ensure it remains for future generations.  

We want young people in 80 years’ time to experience the natural beauty of our country, and enjoy it as much as we do now.

It’s also a reminder for all of us to do our best for our community, year-round.

Our fellow youth also agree with our sentiments and our decision to participate in this clean-up initiative.

Year 12 student, Lily Alvarez, regards the day as a moment to ‘foster a healthier and happier Hills Shire’. She also believes the day promotes youth engagement and connections through the one common goal of helping the environment. 

Meanwhile, Xanthia Nash, who is also in Year 12, says she is participating to “protect our local wildlife by reducing waste in their natural habitat”. She encourages that “every act of stepping up to reduce waste can spark great change within the community”.  

 The first Clean Up Australia Day was held in 1990 and it has since become one of the biggest days in our calendars.

Over the years, volunteers, businesses and schools have donated more than 36 million hours at various locations across the country. Together, they have removed the equivalent of 380,000 ute loads of rubbish.

To help reduce waste, our lasting goal for Clean Up Australia Day is to no longer use single-use plastic bottles. 

It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down, and given that Australians go through 1 million plastic bottles daily, the group has opted for this daily change as a sign of hope.

We look forward to seeing the community response from Clean Up Australia Day. 

We also strongly encourage other people to find sites, or to register sites of their own and spend the morning of Clean Up Australia Day giving back to the planet we all call “home”. 

 To register your clean-up event, please visit: www.cleanup.org.au.

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