World Environment Day on Sunday 5 June, was acknowledged by 76 volunteers who endured cold weather to clean up the Shelly Rossmoyne foreshore of the Canning River. Keep Australia Beautiful WA (KAB WA), Canning River Residents Environment Protection Association (CRREPA), City of Canning and the Department of Parks and Wildlife hosted the event for the community to help protect the Riverpark, and that they did, with more 42 bags of litter collected, an estimated 80 kg of rubbish removed from the foreshore in one morning!
CRREPA is a local community-based, not-for-profit, voluntary organisation working to protect and restore the health, diversity and productivity of the Canning River, in particular the Yagan Wetland Reserve and the Rossmoyne/Shelley foreshores. CRREPA volunteers attended with a display of their incredible work protecting the foreshore over many years.
Tristan Robertson from the Waylan Bay Scouts attended the clean up to work towards his Citizenship Badge. To achieve the badge, he had to participate in some form of community service for at least 2 hours and his ‘good turn’ collecting rubbish around the foreshore contributed to the huge haul of rubbish collected on the day.
English teacher Charlotte Faine from the International Institute of Business and Technology (IIBT) brought four Chinese students along to experience the Riverpark, help protect it and help develop their English at the same time. The international students also attended Dolphin Watch training earlier in the week.
Charlotte with international students Photo: Maureen Maher
Past president of the Booragoon Lions Club John Garrett attended with a group of dedicated volunteers who have been involved with monthly clean ups of the area since they connected with CRREPA in 2008. The group helps to keep the foreshore healthy by planting, weeding and removing rubbish with up to eight people assisting each time. Anne and Norman Good, Eric Muller and 92 year old George England, were part of the group keenly collecting rubbish and removing hazards for both the animals and people that frequent the Canning River.
George and John from Booragoon Lions Club Photo: Maureen Maher
City of Canning Councillor Patrick Hall happened past the keen volunteers on a morning cycle and was thrilled to hear about the volunteer effort. City of Canning staff assisted in the clean-up and removed the collected rubbish at the conclusion of the event.
By becoming a member of KAB WA, River Guardians and CRREPA, the community can stay informed of opportunities such as these and help keep the environment healthy. For more information, visit www.kabc.wa.gov.au, www.riverguardians.com and www.sercul.org.au/crrepa.