CLEAN-UP: Lower River volunteers removed rubbish from coastal tracks and foreshores. Volunteers braved the wet weather to remov
CLEAN-UP: Lower River volunteers removed rubbish from coastal tracks and foreshores. Volunteers braved the wet weather to remov

Too wet ? rubbish



THE weather might have wreaked havoc throughout the Clarence Valley over the weekend but it did not stop volunteers from braving the conditions for Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday.

In the Lower River, 19 converged on the Clarence River Fishermen's Co-operative carpark at Iluka to set about cleaning up to 20 kilometres of coastal tracks and foreshores.

Coupled with numerous groups in Yamba, Angourie and Maclean, they made sure many mounds of rubbish were removed from the landscape.

Iluka Landcare secretary Ross Minchin said the group was happy with the turnout.

"It worked very well despite the weather," he said.

"We were about to call it off because of the wind and rain but then everyone turned up in their wet-weather gear and we ended up removing around one tonne of rubbish."

While the rain held off for most of the time down river, Grafton residents were not so lucky.

A clean-up, organised by St Joseph's Primary School for Rushforth Road soccer fields, went ahead in pouring rain with fewer volunteers than expected.

Principal Andrew Madden said the small party managed to remove just about all the rubbish around the fields.



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