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Help clear flood debris and keep river clean

Claudia Baxter

LOVERS of the Bremer River will be out in force for the annual Clean up Australia Day next month.

The reason is simple: a polluted river is not good for anyone, Bremer River Catchment Association secretary Nick White said.

Mr White said the focus on keeping the river clean was "partly about aesthetics and partly about the health of the river".

"When there is a flood, all of the rubbish that is in the river here will get washed into Moreton Bay," he said.

"The turtles, dugongs and seagrass down there don't really thrive on a muddy discharge from the river. At present there are thousands of tons of silt going down to Moreton Bay.

"People used to swim in here (the Bremer) once, but I wouldn't recommend it anymore."

Mr White said there was much to clean up on March 3.

"Nobody tends to look from the river upwards. When you have that perspective, you see a lot of rubbish up and down the banks," he said.

"Weather permitting we'll be getting out there in boats and getting people along the river banks to collect the rubbish, mostly around the town region.

"Near my block of land at Woodend, I picked up six syringes.

"I am finding a lot of silt fences in the tops of trees. They are generally put on the ground to stop silt moving off building sites, but they have been washed down by the floods. I think I might try collecting some of those."

People can go to the Clean up Australia Day website and put in the local postcode 4305. They will be taken to a page where they can register, then later will be contacted and told where to meet.

"I intend having a boat in the river and we'll have a few collection sites around the place where people can put the rubbish," Mr White said.

There are about 50 people in the association.

The group has made a YouTube video demonstrating the state of the river in the city region, which people can view at http://bit.ly/13GBYcp.

Clean Up Australia Day

 On Sunday, March 3.

 Was founded by Ian Kiernan and Kim McKay in 1989.

 Register at cleanupaustralia day.org.au/Beyond+the+Bridge



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