Community pride glows with clean-up program

Posted on 1 December 2018


The fine spring weather coupled with longer days provides the community with the opportunity to head outdoors and appreciate the surroundings. Work Teams, through Gippsland Community Correctional Services – Community Work Program, have been working on several of Latrobe City’s rural parks where participants mow grass and remove litter.

Latrobe City Council’s Mayor, Councillor Graeme Middlemiss, said that the input from the Work Teams was invaluable.

“The rural parks in our townships are well-loved and frequently used by families and individuals who want to spend some leisure time outdoors. Keeping them neat, tidy and attractive is key to ensuring that the community continues to want to visit these locations in order to enjoy a healthy outdoor lifestyle, and all the benefits that brings.

“Over recent weeks, the Work Teams have walked the banks of the creeks that wind through our towns and removed litter and other discarded items such as shopping trolleys, fire extinguishers and tyres, plus assorted dumped rubbish. Their work not only helps to beautify our parks and creeks, but also helps the environment by preventing potentially harmful toxins and plastics entering the waterways.

“Additionally, the teams have planted more than 400 native plants both at Waterhole Creek and Narracan Creek to revegetate the banks and to improve the look of the area,” Cr Middlemiss said.

“These parks are important assets to our community and to visitors who want to be able to enjoy the surroundings without seeing dumped rubbish or abandoned trolleys.

“Clean parks build on our sense of community pride, so Council appreciates the continuing good work these teams undertake each week,” Cr Middlemiss concluded.

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