Litter Collective awarded for cleaning up Coast waterways
  • Friday 21 May 2010

The Sunshine Coast Litter Collective has taken out the top prize at the Healthy Waterways Awards in Brisbane last night for its efforts in cleaning up the Coast.

The collective, made up of community groups, industry representatives and Sunshine Coast Council, won the ‘7 News Clean Up Award’ and the overall ‘Ministers Grand Prize’, netting $11,500 in prize money.

Environment Portfolio holder, Councillor Keryn Jones said that all members of the Collective share the common goal of reducing the impacts of litter on our regional waterways.

“This unique collaborative effort has removed 375,000 litres of litter from Sunshine Coast Waterways over the last 12 months—you can only achieve those figures when you work together,” Cr Jones said.

“The Collective brings together council crews and 150 volunteers who work throughout the year patrolling river and canal systems from Noosa to the Pumicestone Passage.

“Over 500 extra volunteers literally jump on board each year for events such as Clean Up Australia Day and Riversweep, adding to the might of the Collective.

“Education, data collection and roll-up-the-sleeves collection days are just some of the tactics employed by the Collective to get the job done.

“The ultimate aim of the Collective is to render itself obsolete, by eliminating the impacts of litter on Coast waterways.”

Sunshine Coast Mayor, Bob Abbot, said every single member of the collective should feel very proud of their involvement in winning these awards.

“This demonstrates what a community and council can do when they work together,” Mayor Abbot said.

“Well done to everyone involved, this is a great achievement.”