Mayor Gerard O'Connell and councillor Robert Garland get a head start on Clean Up Australia Day by picking up rubbish that has been dumped illegally on the corner of Winston Noble Dr and Yaralla Sts in Maryborough.
Mayor Gerard O'Connell and councillor Robert Garland get a head start on Clean Up Australia Day by picking up rubbish that has been dumped illegally on the corner of Winston Noble Dr and Yaralla Sts in Maryborough. Contributed

Get ready to clean up on March 2 with the council's help

GET ready to grab your gloves and help out on Clean Up Australia Day next month.

Last year's event was cancelled last year due to wet weather but councillor Robert Garland said he was hoping for a great turnout this year on Sunday, March 2.

"Fraser Coast residents have pride in their region and it is always fantastic to see so many come out to help out on Clean Up Australia Day," he said.

The council said any groups wanting to help out could select a clean-up site and register it on the Clean Up Australia website www.cleanupaustralia.org.au by clicking on the story titled Registrations for Clean Up Day 2014 are now open.

Cr Garland said groups should then let the council's Clean Up Australia Day officer Carol McKeough know they had registered, especially if they needed help to organise for the collected rubbish to be removed.

"Once you have registered, you will be sent a clean-up kit," he said.

Anyone who wanted to volunteer at a site that was already registered could go to the website and search for those in their area and either register online or on the day.

People who don't belong to a group or have not registered a site, can just turn up at the council sites at Organ Park on the Hervey Bay Esplanade or at Anzac Park in Maryborough.

The council sites will be open from 7am.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said to show the council's appreciation, sausage sizzles would be held at Organ Park and Anzac Park for all volunteers.

"Everyone who volunteers to clean up can attend the barbecues and will receive a free sausage sandwich and a ticket in the a draw to win Samsung Galaxy Tab3 16G or a Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Mini 8G donated by Reuse & Recycle or an Olympus Tough TG-320 Digital Camera donated by Council," he said.

Other prizes on offer included a voucher from Ronnie's Meats, $75 Woolworths Wish Card or a meat tray from Whale City Bulk Meats.

The council has thanked Greg's Supa IGA Maryborough and IGA Hervey Bay for supplying bread and onions for the sausage sizzle. 

On the day, volunteers should take along gloves, a water bottle, a hat, sturdy shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.

For more information, phone Carol McKeough on 1300 794 929.