Volunteer wrap up 2016
Keep Australia Beautiful says thanks to the thousands of Western Australians who have volunteered this year to keep Western Australia beautiful. We appreciate your time, energy, passion and the difference you make.
While careless littering can be disheartening, it's good to know that so many people care about protecting and enhancing our natural environment and creating litter-free communities.
Here's a snapshot of how Keep Australia Beautiful volunteers have made a difference in 2016.
Clean up events
Clean up events for Clean up Australia Day, World Environment Day, Keep Australia Beautiful Week, Freeway clean ups and the WA Beach Clean up attracted dozens of volunteers to clean up beach fronts, riversides and freeways. Helpful volunteers like the team from Notre Dam Univeristy (pictured left) removed dozens of bags of litter from the environment, met like minded people and enjoyed morning tea and coffee on us! Volunteers from the Armadale 4WD Club, Toyota Landcruiser Club and Mitsubishi 4WD Owner Club also helped out on roadside litter audits.
This calendar year to the end of November we have received 2749 reports of littering from vehicles and issued 2505 Litter Infringement Notices, which is a conversion rate of 91%!
With almost 12,000 Litter Reporters on WA roads, this story is a good reminder that Litter Reporters are everywhere! A Perth taxi driver got a good lesson on littering when he threw an item from his vehicle while on a trip. Unbeknown to the driver, he had two Litter Reporters in his vehicle that witnessed the offence and reported it to KAB WA. The taxi driver received a Litter Infringement Notice as a result and subsequently paid the $200 penalty.
Happy campers have been on the receiving end of more than 3,325 free Outback Packs distributed via Community Resource Centres, Visitors Centres and Department of Parks and Wildlife rangers. They can keep sites tidy as they travel, thanks to the help of volunteer packers at Duncraig of SHS Ed Support; Lumen Christie College; Emmanuel Catholic College; Hale Middle School; Swan Christian College; Mater Dei College Katanning SHS and to the Community Service crews at the Department of Corrections.
All across the state, community groups are out there spreading the anti-litter message at local fetes, fairs and fiestas. This year we had 15 groups helping to spread the message that Unsecured loads=Unsafe roads at a range of sites and events around WA. Thanks to volunteers at Mayanup, Hedland, Exmouth, Greenbushes, Dalwallinu, Wongan Hills , Cue, Quairading, Wanneroo and Walpole who helped get the message out. Volunteers (like Yukari and Daniel pictured left) have also joined the KAB team at outdoor events across the year, including the Australia Day Skyworks and the Royal Agricultural Show and the Wanneroo Show.
One hundred and ten new groups joined the Adopt-a-Spot program in 2016 and 68 additonal one-off clean-ups were registered via the website. That equates to thousands of volunteers out picking up litter at their favourite sites and thousands of items of litter removed from the environment as a result. With 695 groups registered, we know that many people are picking up on daily walks, with large groups or as individuals, from the South West to the Kimberley. This year we have developed new partnerships with the City of Swan, Gosnells, Armadale, Joondalup and the Town of Vincent, all who have been promoting the program. In the City of Swan, 17 new groups joined the program this year, giving litter reduction in the City a big boost. Pam and Pete (picture left) have been picking up at their site in Fremantle since 2009!
Involvement in the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Program brings volunteers, schools, business and local government representatives together to lead the charge in developing sustainable communities in the regions.
Forty four towns entered the competition this year, volunteering over 81,000 volunteer community hours. This year Greenbushes were awarded the State Tidy Towns title and will compete for the national title in March 2017.
Thanks to everyone involved in volunteering via Keep Australia Beautiful projects and programs.