Participating in Clean Up Australia Day at Limestone Park are Megan Rossow (front), and rear from left, Paul Johnson, supervisor Gayle Kendall and Nathan Campbell.
Participating in Clean Up Australia Day at Limestone Park are Megan Rossow (front), and rear from left, Paul Johnson, supervisor Gayle Kendall and Nathan Campbell. David Nielsen

Special people sign up for clean-up

A SPECIAL group of people took to Limestone Park yesterday as part of this year’s Clean Up Australia Day effort.

Clients from Ipswich’s Community Access and Transition Service (CATS), which assists young people with severe intellectual disabilities such as autism and Down’s Syndrome, were out early with their boots and gloves and garbage bags ready for action.

CATS manager Katrina Johnson said the group had been taking part in Clean Up Australia Day for the past six years, helping to make popular Ipswich spots like Sutton Park, Colleges Crossing and Browns Park even more beautiful.

“Our service is about giving 16-to-25-year-olds who have left school the life skills which will help them enter the community,” Mrs Johnson said.

“Our young people are conscious of the environment and they are proud Ipswich residents – most of them were born here – so taking part in the clean-up gives them a great deal of satisfaction.”

The group will also learn about workplace safety and sun protection as part of their efforts to clean up their neck of the woods.

Mrs Johnson said they were prepared to stay at Limestone Park for as long as it took to get it looking clean.

Clean Up Australia Day is an annual appeal to the nation’s residents to join a large-scale clean-up of local parks, waterways or beaches.

It takes place this Sunday, March 6, with schools clean-up day being held today.



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