Join in the biggest community clean-up

Published: 16 Aug 2021

How will you Step Up to Clean Up?

The Great Northern Clean Up is happening in the Mackay region next weekend on August 28 and 29.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the Great Northern Clean Up is the 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,” he said.

“It also protects our local waterways and wildlife.”

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

Saturday, August 28

  • Seaforth Beach (Picnic tables at Esplanade Reserve), 9am – 11am
  • Sandfly Creek Reserve, East Gordon St, East Mackay, 9am – 12pm
  • Bakers Creek Park, Bakers Creek, 10am – 12pm
  • Blacks Beach, Anglers Parade, 2pm – 4pm
  • Lamberts Beach, 2pm – 4pm

Sunday, August 29

  • Grasstree Beach, Sarina, 9am – 11.30am
  • Half Tide Beach, Hay Point, 9am – 11am
  • Mackay Quota Park and Illawong Beach, 3pm – 5pm
  • Woodland Reserve, Domino Cr, Andergrove, 2pm – 4pm

There is also an additional site at Riverside Drive (Sunday, August 29, 9.30am – 11am), hosted by the Conservation Volunteers Australia Mackay) and Pioneer Landcare.

The Mackay Board Riders and Beach Users have been cleaning up at North Wall Harbour Beach for the past 20 years and were back at it on the weekend (Saturday, August 14).

North Wall site coordinator Michael DePinto said he would encourage everyone to get involved in the Great Northern Clean Up.

“It’s a great way to get together with family and friends outdoors, or even make new friends. It encourages a great sense of community,” Mr DePinto said.

“I would definitely urge everyone to pick a site convenient to them and volunteer a couple of hours of their time to help make our region look beautiful.”

This year, there will be heaps of great sustainability gifts and handouts for volunteers at the Great Northern Clean Up including draw-string jute bags from Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, Sqwincher hydration sachets from Atom Mackay, water bottles from Woolworths Caneland, and “Choose to Reuse” calico bags from council.

Arlec has also donated Mercator 2W LED red-coloured lightbulbs for outdoor lights. The lightbulbs will help lower our carbon emissions, reduce Mackay's light pollution and give our turtles a better chance of success when breeding.

Volunteers at all 11 sites will also have a chance to win one of two Sustainability Hampers valued at $250, kindly donated by Bunnings Paget, and one of three $50 gift cards from Coles Caneland.

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.

Will you step up? Register today at

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