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  • Crispin Till

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    Northern clean up will keep region looking great

    TNQ residents are encouraged to show their love for the region by putting their hands up, donning a pair of gloves and taking part in the Great Northern Clean Up.

    Every year, TNQ locals from Port Douglas to Cardwell, get together to clean up litter, improve their neighbourhood's amenity and protect the environment before the wet season storms flush rubbish down the drain and out to sea.

    The clean up is a chance for everyone to show how much they care for the environment with Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning saying it was also an opportunity to make sure TNQ was the best it can be.

    "Clean ups are happening right throughout September. The timing is ideal for our tropical region, with the wet season just a couple of months away," he said.

    “By cleaning up now, we can reduce the chance of litter being washed into the sea or blocking up our waterways and causing flooding when the wet arrives.

    “There are already 16 registered clean-up sites around Cairns. Anyone can get involved by going online and joining one of the existing sites or you can choose to create your own.”

    Just by pitching in to help clean up the local environment, participants in the Cairns local government area also have the chance to win one of two double passes to the outer Great Barrier Reef, thanks to Reef Magic and Passions of Paradise.

    Site coordinators receive automatic entry, while participants can enter by posting a photo from a registered clean up site to the ECOevents Cairns Facebook page.

    Once a site has been registered, participants will receive bags and gloves from Clean Up Australia Day and the council will arrange pick up of full litter bags and additional resources.

    To register a clean-up site or to join an existing one, visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.

    For more information on the clean-up prizes, click here.