Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion
Volunteers Pitch Into Clean Up Western Australia
Victor P Taffa
Environment Minister Bill Marmion was today one of dozens of volunteers who took to the shores of the Swan River to remove rubbish as part of Clean Up Australia Day.
Celebrating the 21st Anniversary of Australia’s biggest community participation event, hundreds of thousands of people turned out at collection points across Australia.
Last year, more than 588,000 registered volunteers across the country pitched in at more than 7,000 clean-up sites. Since 1990, Clean Up Australia Day volunteers have collected more than 200,000 tonnes of rubbish equal to 4.7 Million household wheelie bins.
The Clean-up along the Riverfront and Bushland at Pelican Point in Crawley was co-ordinated by Keep Australia Beautiful Council (KABC) WA.
Mr. Marmion praised the efforts of volunteers and staff from KABC, the Department of Environment and Conservation, and the Swan River Trust.
“It is encouraging to see so many people donning their gloves and volunteering their time to clean up this beautiful part of the Swan River foreshore, as well as all the other sites across Western Australia.” Mr. Marmion said.
“This particular part of the Swan River gets quite polluted because it is such a heavily used recreation area.”
“The event promotes the need to protect our rivers, waterways, bushland, urban areas and even roadsides by keeping them clean and litter free.” Mr. Marmion said.
“These actions also demonstrate a high standard of environmental responsibility, encouraging people in the community to do their bit to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for WA.”
“The State Government takes the protection of our environment from littering very seriously. That is why we are in the process of increasing littering penalties from $75 to $200 for a cigarette butt and from $200 to $500 for general littering.”
“In 2010, the Government also introduced tough new penalties for illegal dumping. Anyone who illegally dumps waste will face hefty fines of up to $62,500 for individuals and $125,000 for corporations.” Mr. Marmion said.