Registrations Open For Clean Up Australia Day 2015

Clean Up Australia Day 2015 is quickly approaching – the event will take place Nationally on Sunday the 1st of March 2015.

Last year, Clean Up Australia Day saw 572,406 volunteers collect 15,708 tonnes of rubbish across 7,140 sites across Australia. This year, Clean Up Australia is celebrating 25 years of volunteer action with the theme “Put Yourself in the Picture”, and registrations are now open!

There are a number of ways you can get involved:

Join a site: You can volunteer to join an exiting registered Clean Up site.

Register a Clean Up site: Do you know of an area near you that could do with some TLC? You can register a Clean Up site on behalf of your team/school/business/group.

Donate: You can show your support by making a donation to Clean Up Australia, or by Sponsoring a Clean Up site.

The Ecotourism Australia team will be Joining the Clean Up site at Gardens Point Mangroves in Brisbane CBD to volunteer and lend a helping hand!

How will you be getting involved?

EcoTreasures new initiative to clean up penguin habitats

EcoTreasures, a young tour company based in Sydney, have incorporated an initiative into their Manly Coastal Walks to remove marine debris from penguin habitats.

The tour company specialises in Ecotourism experiences on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales. EcoTreasures have been lucky to host a range of international study tour students visiting Sydney this winter, who have been participating in the initiative. The students arrive in Australia for short stays of generally 7-14 days, which consist of English lessons and Australian tour experiences. EcoTreasures owner, Damien McClellan, has been happy to host the students on his tours and to incorporate a new element into the half-day adventure, with a purpose to clean up marine debris that accumulates in the natural environment known to be a prime habitat for Little Penguins.

Mr McClellan has been very proud to run these tours, which highlight a range of environmental awareness messages, and mentions, “when we visit the little penguin habit at Collins Beach in Sydney Harbour National Park we conduct a beach clean-up. The students always put in 110% and we remove as much marine debris from the catchment as possible. We are all giving back to the location we are appreciating for it’s natural beauty, and I’m proud of all these international guests caring for Australia’s environment.”

The tours offer a great display of Sydney’s natural setting right on the city’s door step. Mr McClellan also adds “the students and teachers really enjoy their experience on the walk around Manly, we visit the beach, Sydney Harbour National Park, Cabbage tree Aquatic reserve and Manly suburbs all in a half day adventure. We always keep the walk fun and engaging by identifying native plants & searching for Whales from land with binoculars and other wildlife along the way”.

EcoTreasures was founded in 2010 by Damien McClellan, the business is looking forward to working with more partners in the future, developing new ecotourism initiatives for a range of target markets, and keeping it fun is part of the plan. EcoTreasures is Advanced Ecotourism and ROC certified.

For more information on EcoTreasures, please click here.

Clean Up Australia Day – every hand counts!

Clean Up Australia Day is a simple way you can take action to clean up, fix up and conserve our prized Australian environment.

In 2012 an estimated 591,400 volunteers cleaned up 16,169 tonnes at 7,363 sites right across Australia. But we can do better! So be a good sport and join the team to Clean Up Australia on Sunday, 3 March 2013

CEcotourism Australia’s staff will be doing their bit on the day and look forward to seeing many more hands out there too!

Get involved by registering your own Clean Up Site or by volunteering at a site near you.

Key dates for Clean Up Australia Day 2013:

Community Clean Up Day: Sunday 3rd March 2013

Schools Clean Up Day: Friday 1st March 2013

Business Clean Up Day: Tuesday 26th February 2013

For more information, please visit the official Clean Up Australia Day website.