Posted by Sam McCurdy on Mar 12, 2021
The 2021 ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ was held on Sunday 7th March.
Rotarians and friends from the Rotary Club of Berwick combined with Cubs and parents from the Berwick Central Cub Group to clean up Buchanan Park, as their contribution to the community and the ‘Clean Up Australia’ day.  The collaboration between the two organisations was arranged as a community project by Rotarian Jen Marshall and Berwick Central Cub Leader, Annette Lake.
The ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ organisation supplied the workers with rubbish bags, high Vis vests and disposable gloves in various sizes.  Care was taken to be COVID safe with the supply of a First Aid kit, a bottle of hand sanitiser and a QR code for COVID tracing purposes, together with a manual record for those without a smart phone.
After a safety talk by Rotarian Graham Johnstone, work began at 10:00 am and teams of Cubs, parents and Rotarians worked efficiently over the next two hours, to pick up a wide variety of rubbish throughout the park.
Almost 100kg of rubbish were collected, made up of 6.6 kg of recyclable materials and 91.4 kg of rubbish, including paper, broken glass, two fire extinguishers, a bicycle wheel, two shopping trolleys and a broken wooden pallet.
After the rubbish had been collected and placed for Council pick-up, the workers were treated to a morning tea, which provided an opportunity to network, compare stories and experiences.
In summary, a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all and Buchanan Park was left spotlessly clean.
It is hoped that this is the first of many such collaborations between the Rotary Club of Berwick and the Berwick Central Cub Group, to assist the local community.