GLOVES ARE ON: Erin Woodward, Ajay Datt and Max Boshammer clean up part of Myall Creek.
GLOVES ARE ON: Erin Woodward, Ajay Datt and Max Boshammer clean up part of Myall Creek. Shannon Hardy

Students clean up their part of Australia

DALBY State High School students got stuck in the mud along the banks of Myall Creek on Sunday March 3 to take part in Clean Up Australia Day.

Erin Woodward and Jasmine Miller are in their final year at the school.

"I really just wanted to help out our community and make there be less pollution in the creek because it's pretty gross and it's really bad how much there is so I think it really needs people to clean it up a bit,” Erin said.

She said they had pulled hair combs, cans, plastic and more from the creek and the land alongside it.

Jasmine said cans had been the most common thing they found in their clean-up efforts.

The students separated the recyclable items from the general waste so their collection could be properly sorted when they delivered it to the dump.

Years 11 and 12 students cleaned up around one areaof the creek, while younger students workedfurther along thewaterway.

Clean Up Australia Day began in 1989 when Ian Kiernan decided to hold a clean-up in Sydney.

The event is now held annually, with community groups all over the country - just like Dalby State High School students - registering each year to help make a difference.

On the first official Clean Up Australia Day in 1990, 300,000 volunteers around the country got stuck in to help.

The Clean Up Australia Day team said 33 million hours had been devoted by Australians through the event to clean up the equivalent of 350,000 ute loads of rubbish.

To get involved in future Clean Up Australia Day events or to organise your own, head to www.cleanup