Join in the biggest community clean-up

Published: 05 Aug 2022

How will you step up to clean up?

“Clean up, The Mackay Region” will be held this year over five days during August in a bid to keep our region in tip-top shape.

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

“Every piece of rubbish we pick up makes our region cleaner, greener and more attractive to visitors,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Taking part protects our local waterways and wildlife, by keeping harmful plastics out of our ecosystems,” he said.

“I really encourage residents to pick a site convenient to them and volunteer a couple of hours of their time to help make our region look beautiful.

Council is hosting nine sites where you can join in the clean-up:

Monday, August 15

  • Shellgrit Creek, Illawong Drive, South Mackay, 9am – 11am

Saturday, August 20

  • Sandfly Creek Reserve, East Gordon Street, East Mackay, 9am – 11am
  • Bridge Road, South Mackay, 3pm – 5pm

Sunday, August 21

  • Finlayson Point Road, Seaforth, 9am – 11am
  • Bluewater Trail, Matsuura Drive, 3pm – 5pm

Saturday, August 27

  • Plane Creek revegetation site, 9am – 11am
  • Grasstree Beach, Sarina, 3pm – 5pm

Sunday, August 28

  • Riverside Drive, Cremorne, 8am – 10am
  • Hodges Road, Shoal Point, 9am – 11am

Clean Up Australia chair, Pip Kiernan said cigarette butts were consistently the most-littered item in the country, with up to 8.9 billion butts dropped each year.

“When we think of plastic pollution, we usually think of chip packets, drink bottles or straws, but cigarette butts are the most abundant plastic litter item in the world,” Ms Kiernan said.

“Cigarette butts are toxic plastic pollution. When littered, we’re dumping not only that plastic, but also nicotine, heavy metals and other chemicals into the environment.

“By participating in a clean up, we can get these butts and other litter out of the environment, before the wet season washes it into our waterways and out to sea,” she said.

Volunteers are asked to wear closed-in shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Gloves, tongs, bags and water will be provided.

Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

This year, there will be heaps of great sustainability gifts and handouts for volunteers at Clean Up, The Mackay Region including Sqwincher hydration sachets and bottles from Atom Mackay, water bottles from Woolworths Caneland, and “Choose to Reuse” calico bags from council.

Volunteers at all nine sites will also have a chance to win a $100 gift card from Woolworths Caneland.

Will you step up? Register today at

For more information contact council’s resource recovery education officer, Bruce Thompson on 0417 741 169.

Note: Clean Up, The Mackay Region, previously known as “Great Northern Clean Up” has been an annual event since 2009. The events are the northern sibling of Australia’s largest environmental day of action, Clean Up Australia Day, giving northern communities the flexibility to participate in clean up events in the cooler months, after the peak tourist period and prior to the cyclone season.