Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    Pitch in to pick up for national clean up

    28/02/2016 8:00 AM
     
    • Clean Up Australia Day on March 6 is a chance to give back to the environment

    West Australians are being encouraged to get involved in Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, March 6.

     

    Environment Minister Albert Jacob said volunteers had already registered at more than 350 sites in Perth and across WA - from the Abrolhos Islands off the coast near Geraldton to Yallingup in the South-West - so there were plenty of opportunities to join in.

     

    "Historically, WA does not perform well on littering compared with other States," Mr Jacob said.

     

    "The 2014-15 Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index showed WA's littering performance was improving, but we still recorded the largest litter volume in Australia.

     

    "This is still not good enough - it's up to all of us to make an effort to keep our State beautiful. Not only is littering damaging to the environment, it can also choke, entangle and kill wildlife and it's a fire hazard."

     

    On Clean Up Australia Day, the Minister will be targeting litter with local volunteers in the area of the Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club.

     

    The community can register for Clean Up Australia Day at http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

     

    Fact File

    • In 2014-15, WA recorded more littering than any other State
    • The volume of littered items collected in WA in 2014-15 per 1,000sqm was 9.58 litres compared with Australia's best performing State of Victoria with only 2.68 litres
    • More serious littering attracts fines of up to $5,000 for individuals
    • People can report littering at http://www.kabc.wa.gov.au/report-littering

    Minister's office - 6552 5800