Vollies collect 10 tonnes of rubbish

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
28 volunteers took part in the clean-up day at Point Douro.
Camera Icon28 volunteers took part in the clean-up day at Point Douro. Credit: supplied.

Volunteers helped clear more than 10 tonnes of rubbish from Point Douro as part of a community clean-up at the site.

Twenty eight volunteers cleared 10.687 tonnes of rubbish from the site, including a full truck load of tyres.

Two keen volunteers unable to attend on the day collected 10 bags of rubbish and tyres on the previous weekend, bringing the total to 30 volunteers.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions coordinated the day with support from the Harvey Shire Council.

Decades of illegal dumping of rubbish at the former speedway was put to a stop last year after the council installed a fence and gate to prevent vehicle access.

The area is an important nesting ground for migratory birds and holds cultural significance for Aboriginal groups.

Harvey shire president Paul Gillett, who volunteered at the clean-up, said the event was a win for the environment.

“There were more car parts there than you would find at an auto shop,” Cr Gillett said.

“It was a really good day and great to see so many people keen to look after the environment.”

The volunteers had the free support of earth-moving company Picton Civil, which supplied a bobcat, front-end loader, a tip truck and people power to help with the clean-up.

“Their help made a huge difference to the clean-up,” Mr Gillett said.

“It is nice to see how much people care. Shire staff are very proud of the residents who joined in.”

Point Douro will fall under the proposed Leschenault Regional Park, which will extend along the Collie and Brunswick rivers westwards across the Swan Coastal Plain.

A draft plan for the proposed parks is being developed by the department, with an online survey now available online at pws.dbca.wa.gov.au/gbrp

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