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    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
    The Honourable Andrew Powell

    Minister applauds volunteers and industry for clean-up

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
    The Honourable Andrew Powell

    Sunday, March 03, 2013

    Minister applauds volunteers and industry for clean-up

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell has applauded the efforts of thousands of volunteers who took part in Clean-Up Australia Day.

    Speaking at Beerburrum Forest near Caboolture where he took part in the local clean up event, Mr Powell thanked the groups which took time out of their day to help across Queensland.

    “This event goes from strength to strength every year and it is heartening to see so many organisations and private companies out on the ground supporting this great cause across the state today,” Mr Powell said.

    “Community groups from Pine Rivers, Logan and the Gold Coast right up to Cairns and Mackay have taken part in today’s clean-up activities and I applaud their efforts.

    “It is extremely pleasing to see groups like Reef Check Australia using funding from the Newman Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants to run a major land-to-sea rubbish collection event today in conjunction with WildMob and corporate sponsors.

    “I also note that Mount Isa City Council has teamed up with Xstrata and the Mount Isa Water Board to organise one event while Southern Gulf Catchments group and the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Groups have conducted their own clean ups.

    “This really goes to the heart of a great event that stretches the length and breadth of the state and it is great to see industry offer its support to dedicated volunteer groups.

    “As both the Member for Glass House and the Minister for Environment I have been proud to take part in the clean-up at Beerburrum Forest today.

    “I also welcome the ongoing partnership between my department and HQ Plantations to crack down on illegal dumping in the area.

    “It goes without saying that we will continue to encourage people to do the right thing and not litter or dump their rubbish illegally, but it is very encouraging to see so many people involved in events across Queensland today.”

    [ENDS] 3 March 2013

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