IF Mr Ian Kiernan is Mr Cleanup Australia, then Mike McKeon is his trusty side-kick, Mr Cleanup Sea Cliff Coast.
Mr McKeon is by day, the Environmental Education Coordinator with the Wollongong City Council but in the days and weeks leading up to Cleanup Australia Day – this year on Sunday, March 3 – he takes on the responsibility of liaising with local volunteers who have registered with Cleanup Australia.
Mr McKeon said: “Residents have a couple of choices. They can get online themselves to register as volunteers or register a new cleanup site (see links below). Alternatively, they can call the Council directly on 4227 7111 and we will help them get registered over the phone”.
Closer to the big day, Mr McKeon will contact volunteers who have registered a cleanup site and check they’ve received their collection kit. If necessary, he’ll offer to top up their kit with extra rubbish bags.
He said: “On the morning of the cleanup, we’ll drive around to all the sites and check if volunteers have enough bags. Later on, there’ll be other Council staff driving around to begin the collection of bags.”
The Cleanup Australia website is cleanupaustraliaday.org.au and all volunteers are reminded to wear a hat, gloves and sturdy shoes on the day.
Registered clean up sites on the Sea Cliff Coast include;
- Thirroul SLSC
- McCauleys Beach
- Western end of Otford Rd
- Sri Venkateswara Temple
- Gymea Glade
- Helensburgh Township
All location and meeting time details can be found at;
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