Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Will You Step Up To Clean Up?

“Clean up Mackay Region” will be held this year over six days during August in a bid to keep our region pristine.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the events were the perfect opportunity for residents to show their community pride and help keep our region beautiful.

“This year, council will step up and show our appreciation to our volunteers for their efforts by planting five native plants, either as street trees or revegetation, for each person who participates at an event,” Mayor Williamson said.

“These events are a great opportunity for our community to be proactive and lend a hand to help keep our region looking its best by collecting harmful plastics and other rubbish before it makes its way to our beautiful beaches, protecting our local waterways and wildlife in the process,” he said.

“With the combined efforts of council and our community, this year’s events will help to make our region cleaner and greener.”

This year, council has partnered with Mackay Airport, Sarina Landcare, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Grasstree Beach Progress Association, Mackay Board Riders, Mackay Land Rover Club and CQUniversity for the 2023 clean-ups.

Locations where you can join in the clean-up include:

Friday, August 11

·        Shellgrit Creek, Bridge Road – 1pm to 3pm

Saturday, August 12

·        Illawong Drive – 9am to 11am

·        Sandfly Creek Reserve – 3pm to 5pm

Sunday, August 13

·        Riverside Drive – 9am to 11am

·        Hodges Road, Shoal Point – 9am to 11am

Saturday, August 19

·        Freshwater Point – 9am to 11am

Sunday, August 20

·        Grasstree Beach – 9am to 11am

·        North Wall Beach – 9am to 11am


Wednesday, August 23

·        Harbour Beach – 9am to 11am

Members of the community are also welcome to host their own clean-up events at sites they have noticed are worthy of a clean-up. Once registered, they will be provided with bags and gloves for their clean-up event.

Volunteers are asked to wear closed-in shoes, a hat, insect repellent and sunscreen.

Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Will you step up? Register today at or just turn up on the day.

For more information, contact council’s Resource Recovery Education Officer, Bruce Thompson on 0417 741 169.

Mackay residents can join the biggest community clean-up to help keep our region beautiful. Clean Up Mackay Region is being held at sites around the region during August

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