Students and Cubs lead the way with Borough clean up events

Monday, 26 March 2018

Students from St Aloysius Catholic Primary School and members of the 1st Queenscliff Sea Scouts Cub Scouts have participated in separate litter collection events to contribute to Clean Up Australia.

“It is really wonderful to see our younger residents taking care of the Borough environment,” said the Mayor, Cr Susan Salter.

On 2 March, all St Aloysius students and their teachers collected litter along King and Bethune Streets, as well as from their school grounds and parklands surrounding the Queenscliff Lonsdale Yacht Club, while on 20 February, 13 members of the Sea Scouts Cub pack spent the evening collecting litter from the Borough’s foreshores.

Starting from the Queenscliff Scout Hall, the Cubs worked their way around the foreshore, through lower Princess Park and around Shortland’s Bluff, finishing at the Ocean View Car Park. The litter collected was made up of a variety of items that may otherwise have ended up in our waterways, including:

  • Clothing and footwear (rubber thongs)
  • Plastics (bags, food wrappers, coffee cups)
  • Fishing line
  • Recyclables (plastic drink bottles, newspaper, aluminium cans, sunscreen bottles)

The Cubs collected six bags of litter at this year’s event. Jacquie Johnston, Cub Scout leader, noted that this is a reduction on the amount collected last year and the year before.

“Hopefully this reflects a change in people’s habits,” said Ms Johnston.

Cr Salter encouraged everybody to follow the example set by the Cubs and primary school students.

“I remind our residents and visitors to use the public litter bins provided by Council or take your rubbish home with you to stop the spread of litter into our coastal woodlands and marine environment,” said Cr Salter.

“Council congratulates the students and teachers from St Aloysius and the Cubs and their leaders on a job well done.”