What a huge effort from all the volunteers who helped out on Sunday 5th March last month. The creek is certainly looking better, all the way from Selwyn Park, Albion to Burnside Rotary Park, Deer Park.
Selwyn Park, Albion
This year we had 91 volunteers come to help out including participants from several community groups including the Brimbank Guides, the Phu Dong Scouts, the Albion and Ardeer Community Club, the Brimbank Greens and the Alpha Phi Omega Victorian alumni. We had a great day supported by the Brimbank City Council’s Environment Department who turned on a BBQ for all the hard working volunteers.
Apart from the massive 45 bags of rubbish collected at this site alone, there was an amazing effort made, by a team of committed individuals to safely get 8 trolleys liberated from the Kororoit Creek. I suspect some of the scouts could have nabbed a few badges for their part in this mission! In some cases, the trolleys had been there for so long, we were surprised to find there were actually fresh-water mussels attached to the trolleys. Please check out our Facebook page for the amazing photos our beloved Robert Jackson posted of the trolleys on the site. Despite the huge haul collected from the site, locals noticed the rubbish was significantly less visible than previous years. In fact, we collected 7 less bags with 11 more volunteers this year.
But that’s not all! A further 49 bags of rubbish and stacks of other odds and bobs were collected over the three other sites at Burnside Rotary Park, Deer Park, Jones Creek, Ardeer, and a new site added this year, at Isabella Williams Reserve, Deer Park.
The Burnside Rotary Park and Jones Creek sites have been the focus of our Deer Park members for a number of years, and once again our volunteers did their very best to Clean Up their little part of Australia.
Burnside Rotary Park, Deer Park
Burnside had 4 people who heroically collected 10 bags, a marked reduction on previous clean ups, this is because there are a few dedicated volunteers who pick up the smaller stuff regularly and call the council for the bigger bumps of rubbish. It seems that the visual presence of people collecting rubbish could be a deterrent. We certainly believe that cared for spaces encourage appropriate behaviour.
Jones Creek, Ardeer
Jones Creek is a different story. Being alongside a major road means rubbish is blown off passing trucks and cars on a continual basis and the 9 people collecting a massive 21 bags over the 2 hours, barely made a difference. This area needs ongoing attention.
Isabella Williams Reserve, Deer Park
The new site at Isabella Williams Reserve was chosen to try and get different residents involved and to spread the word. Isabella Williams Reserve is a wonderful area for families and friends to have fun. There are BBQ’s, tables under covered areas and a great playground for the kids. On the day there were a number of children’s parties happening. Perfect, a readymade audience.
Nine, high viz clad volunteers collected 18 bags of rubbish around the park and along the walking path beside the Kororoit Creek. As usual, there were lots of fast food wrappers and drink containers, but also household rubbish including a mattress, a baby car seat and a hot water service.
Not a bad effort for a few hours of work, a total of 94 bags of rubbish collected by our Friends of Kororoit Creek community.
Well done all!