Clean Up Australia Day in the inner west

Inner West Council is supporting local residents and community groups who volunteer for Clean Up Australia Day. 

Clean Up Australia Day (CUAD) is the nation's largest community-based environmental event. The key dates for CUAD 2018 are: 

• Clean Up Australia Day – Sunday 4 March 
• Schools/Youth Clean Up Day – Friday 2 March 
• Business Clean Up Day – Tuesday 27 February 

Every year, around 1,000 local residents collect more than five tonnes of waste from our roads and waterways. 

CUAD provides each team leader with waste bags and promotional materials upon registration, as well as essential equipment such as syringe containers, gloves, high vis vests, and basic first aid kits, while Council organises extra waste services to help dispose of the CUAD refuse. 

This year, inner west waterways will particularly benefit from CUAD activities. 

Local environmental group Mudcrabs will be cleaning up the Cooks River mangroves next to Marrickville golf course, where rubbish is left behind when the tide goes out. The mangroves are next to the Wave Rock bush regeneration site. 

NSW SES - Marrickville volunteers will be at Cooks River, between Illawarra Road and Tempe Reserve, to remove items from sections of the river that community groups can't safely access. 

NSW SES - Marrickville Community Engagement Coordinator Julie Powell said, “Our volunteers look forward to getting busy on the Cooks River. We'll be looking for things that don't belong in the water and taking them out. Here's to a happier, healthier river.” 

“This is great news,” said Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne. “It’s significant because these SES volunteers will be able to clean up sections of the Cooks River foreshore that would otherwise be too difficult. 

“I want to thank all the community groups, and all the individual volunteers for making our inner west neighbourhoods more pleasant, and reducing litter and waste,” Mayor Byrne said. 

Many inner west community groups have participated in CUAD for decades, like the Ashfield Chinese Seniors Association who have volunteered for CUAD every year since 1998, and also pick up rubbish every two weeks in front of Ashfield Library. 

For a print quality image of previous year’s local activities for Clean Up Australia Day, contact the Communication team. To volunteer or register a site, go to

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Page last updated: 27 Jul 2018