Clean up to conserve coast

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is once again supporting Clean Up Australia Day and asking you to join us to help clean up and conserve the Surf Coast environment.

Clean Up Australia Day volunteers Isabella and Tessa.
Clean Up Australia Day 2012 volunteers Isabella and Tessa.

GORCC is asking the community to participate in the 2013 Clean Up Australia Day held on Sunday 3 March at our designated site, Bird Rock car park in Jan Juc, from 10am to 12pm.

You can view a map of the location here.

According to the Clean Up Australia Day website, in 2012 an estimated 591,400 volunteers cleaned up 16,169 tonnes at 7,363 sites right across Australia.

Last year our designated site attracted 11 volunteers and over 20 bags of rubbish were filled! This year we can do better, so come along and help clean up and conserve our precious environment.

GORCC staff members Zac, Trent with Jan Juc Coast Action Chairperson Luke Hynes with some of the unusual items found at Clean Up Australia Day.
GORCC staff members Zac, Trent with Jan Juc Coast Action Chairperson Luke Hynes with some of the unusual items found at Clean Up Australia Day.

You can register as a volunteer on the Clean Up Australia Day website to go into the draw to win a $100 Bunnings voucher or a $100 Rip Curl voucher by clicking the button “Join this Site”  on our Clean Up Australia Day page.

What to bring:

  • Just bring yourself as all clean up equipment will be provided on the day.
  • If you have a set of gloves please bring them along otherwise we will provide you with some on the day.
  • Ensure you wear a hat.
  • Enclosed footwear must be worn.
  • Water, sunscreen and light refreshments will be provided as well as a free BBQ at 12pm.
  • All ages are welcome, but children 15 years old and under must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Hope to see you there!

If you are interested in other volunteering opportunities along the coast visit our website.

For more information about Clean Up Australia Day download this handy iPhone App!

To learn why it is important to participate, watch the clip below from the organizers of Clean Up Australia Day.

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Will you be joining us at Bird Rock? Let us know below…

Cleanup helps conserve the coast

Clean Up Australia (CUA ) Day volunteers generously dedicated their Sunday morning to cleaning up the Jan Juc Foreshore area.

CUA Day was held on Sunday 4 March and the Great Ocean Road Coast Commitee (GORCC) registered the Jan Juc forshore area as an official cleanup site.

Clean Up Australia Day volunteers Isabella and Tessa.
Clean Up Australia Day volunteers Isabella and Tessa.

Eleven people volunteered including several members of Jan Juc Coast Action(JJCA) a local volunteer group who joined CUA Day instead of conducting their regular working bee.

Volunteers filled over 20 bags of rubbish.  Some of the more unusual items found during the cleanup included a Western Australian License plate, a kid’s scooter, a golf club and a stack of unopened newspapers.

GORCC staff members Zac and Trent with Jan Juc Coast Action Chairperson Luke Hynes showing some of the unusual items found at Clean Up Australia Day.

Alarmingly some syringes were found in the scrub – a reminder to beachgoers and those enjoying the outdoors to be wary of hidden dangers in the scrub.

The most commonly found items were bottles and cans, cigarette butts and plastic wrappers.

If you’re interested in learning  more about volunteering opportunities on the Surf Coast click here. For more information about CUA Day 2012 click here.

Did you found anything unusual while cleaning up rubbish in your area?  Let us know.

Help clean up the coast

Have you noticed any rubbish on the coast? Here’s an opportunity for you to do something about it!

Clean Up Australia Day is held annually and this year we’ve registered a site in Jan Juc.

We will be cleaning up from 10am to 12pm on Sunday the 4th of March.

Where can you clean?

We’ll be picking up rubbish at the Bird Rock car park and surrounding areas. To view a map of the area click here.

There are other sites on the Surf Coast where you can get involved in Clean Up Australia Day.

– Point Impossible Nude Beach 10.30am-12.30pm click here for more info.

– Bells Beach 10am-12pm click here for more info.

How do I sign up?

We’d greatly appreciate your support, register now and you can go into the draw to win a prize! Register at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or phone 1800 CUA DAY.

What does Clean Up Australia Day involve?

It’s simple really, meet us at the Bird Rock car park at 10 am and help us pick up rubbish for a couple of hours.

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) site supervisors will helping all morning.

What should you bring?

Just yourself, we will be providing all equipment. If you have a pair of gloves please bring them along, we will be suppling some gloves for people who don’t have a pair. Make sure you bring a hat if it’s sunny, and a coat if the weather is not as favourable.

We will also be providing water and sunscreen.

GORCC conservation officers with volunteers at Clean Up Australia Day 2011.

If you’re busy on Clean Up Australia Day and can’t make it to the site there are plenty of other opportunities for you to get involved in volunteering on the coast. Click here to view some of the volunteer groups, there’s sure to be one in your area.

Have you registed a site for Clean Up Australia Day? Are you interested in helping us clean up the Jan Juc foreshore area? Let us know how you’re helping the Surf Coast environment.