Moving a mountain of rubbish
A SMALL army of volunteers descended on Ipswich yesterday, determined to rid the streets of rubbish.
The volunteers were among more than 90,000 Queenslanders pitching in for Clean Up Australia Day.
Armed with gloves and bags, McDonald’s Booval restaurant manager Jessica Buckler and her band of employees cleaned up around the Ipswich CBD.
Ms Buckler said they collected a variety of takeaway containers, rubbish and bottles.
Karalee assistant scout leader Andrew Bambrick led a team of 20 scouts picking up rubbish in Karalee.
“It wasn’t as bad this time,” Mr Bambrick said.
“I think with the flooding, people have already been through and picked up a lot.
“We did the same area last year and picked up twice as much rubbish.”
In its 21-year history, volunteers have transformed the nation on Clean Up Australia Day, removing an estimated 253,780 tonnes of rubbish.
Ipswich District guides leader Caroline Henry said her girls would do their bit throughout the week around their clubhouse in Griffith Road.
“This is the fifth year we have done Clean Up Australia Day,” Mrs Henry said.
“It is a good community-service activity for the girls.
“It makes them proud to keep the neighbourhood clean.”