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PInjarra Clean Up Day 2016Over nine cubic metres of rubbish has been removed from waterways and significant sites around Pinjarra by 50 community volunteers, as part of the month long Clean Up Peel Waterways initiative.
The Clean Up participants from Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, Shire of Murray, Murray Districts Aboriginal Association, local volunteers and Fairbridge Village worked together across three sites: Cantwell Park, Battle of Pinjarra/Massacre Site and Morni Kep Park.
Clean Up Peel Waterways, a joint community Clean Up Australia project for the month of March involves eighteen community groups and supporters coming together to improve the health of the Peel waterways through separate events. The project was initiated by Friends of Rivers Peel and is supported by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) through funding from the Australian Government.
PHCC chairman Andy Gulliver said the annual Pinjarra clean up day was the best yet.
“Our thanks go out to the 50 community volunteers who came together to pick up, pull out, and pack up the rubbish collected. This year, we even found a discarded wheelchair.
Discarding rubbish into our rivers and wetlands has a significant impact on the overall health of our waterways, including the Ramsar listed Peel Inlet and Harvey River. Clean up days like this raise awareness of these issues and hopefully discourage people from disposing of rubbish in our fragile environment,” he said.
The Shire of Murray and the Peel Harvey Catchment Council work with a number of stakeholders including community groups and volunteers throughout the year to improve the health of the Murray River.
Shire of Murray President Cr. Maree Reid said the annual Clean Up Australia Day initiative forms a vital part of ongoing efforts and attracts an increasing amount of community support.
“Several tonnes of waste were collected throughout the Shire. There were six other community Clean Ups which took place in Coolup, North Dandalup, Dwellingup, South Yunderup, Barragup and Nambeelup, including the Friends of Rivers Peel event organised by Colin Elton which removed two tonnes of rubbish from the Murray River,” she said.
“The Shire recognises and supports the community’s desire to preserve our enviable natural environment and thanks the community members and groups who selflessly volunteered their time to assist with 2016 Clean Up efforts.”
Media Contact: Jane O’Malley, Chief Executive Officer, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, Jane.Omalley@peel-harvey.org.au , (08) 6369 8800
Cultural Induction Greets Green Army TeamsWarning: This video contains content that may be disturbing.
The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council recently held a cultural induction for two Green Army teams at a significant indigenous site near Pinjarra. Mark Salmon and Karrie-Anne Kearing of the Murray Districts Aboriginal Association provided an audio tour along the banks and foreshore of the Murray River, the location of the 1834 Battle of Pinjarra/Massacre Site. The tour ended with the team members making an offering of a handful of sand into the river to introduce themselves to the Waugal (spirits).
The audio recounts the significance of the river and the site, particularly the battle which took place there between European soldiers and the Bindjareb tribe. Green Army team member Martin Nilsen said the content of the audio tour had impressed him.
"Personally, I found it rather moving because my mum had an adopted Aboriginal brother who died before I was born. I'm from Rockingham, and to learn about something like this so to close home is very important to me," he said.
The Green Army teams, made up of young people aged 17 and 24, gain practical training and experience in Natural Resource Management while being paid to work in local environments.
PHCC chairman Andy Gulliver said the Bridging the Gap Green Army teams will work on nearly 100 projects within the Peel-Harvey region from May 2016 to June 2017 comprising wetlands, bushlands, estuaries, foreshores, public land and private property stretching from Serpentine-Jarrahdale down to Harvey. Some Green Army projects will aid efforts to repair the landscape following the recent fires in nearby Waroona. This project is supported by PHCC through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.