Scouts' reward for top effort

62-year-old Col Griffiths was keen to help clean up Australia.
62-year-old Col Griffiths was keen to help clean up Australia.

A TRACTOR blade was among the rubbish picked up around the Central Highlands on Sunday for Clean Up Australia Day.

Numbers were down in Emerald for the clean-up activities, but there was still a lot of good work achieved.

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire said he was happy with the 150 people who turned up to support the 25 council staff members who organised the day.

“Most of the sites targeted got some attention,” Cr Maguire said.“When you consider how well the clean-up immediately after the (flood) event went, we are still a community that cares about our environment.”

Capella had more than 35mm of rain and sites were too wet and boggy to work in, so the event has was postponed.

Blackwater had 25 volunteers to help beautify the town, including 12 Scouts who took home $100 for collecting the most rubbish.

In Duaringa there were 27 registered for the big clean and Bluff had 25 residents turn up to the event organised by the local Lions club and CWA.

Springsure put in a big effort with 25 volunteers sloshing about in gumboots.

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