Volunteers needed for Clean Up Australia Day

REGION - Clean Up Australia Day is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever and Ararat Rural City is calling for volunteers in the Ararat area.

Volunteers are urged to register this Sunday morning between 9am and 12 noon at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre, where they will receive rubbish bags and an area to clean up.

In 2013 more than 550,300 volunteers removed an estimated 16,150 tonnes of rubbish from 7,341 sites across Australia.

2014 targets are to increase this by 10 per cent nationally, so there's never been a better time to put yourself in the picture.

"Putting yourself in the picture is as simple as volunteering to help at an existing site," said Ian Kiernan AO, chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia.

"We all know there are places in our community that need some attention - our streets, parks, sporting grounds, beaches and waterways - so check to see if they have already been registered for a 2014 Clean Up. Putting yourself in the picture is easy as volunteering to join that site. It's a great way to meet your neighbours!

"And if that important place is not yet registered - it's not too late you take the lead and put yourself into the picture by becoming a site supervisor. Simply register your site, then call on family, friends and neighbours to join you.

"The challenge is over to you. Make 2014 the year you put yourself in the picture."

And if cleaning up isn't your scene, there is another way to put yourself in the picture on Sunday March 2. Clean Up Australia is inviting individuals, schools and businesses to join them as a community sponsor of Clean Up Australia Day.

All they need is 125,000 Australians to donate just $2 to show how much you care about the environment - it's less than the cost of a cup of coffee.

"We are inviting people to join us in any way you can, whether registering a site, asking your friends to sponsor your site, joining as a volunteer or making a donation to the YOU campaign - every one of us can be in the picture in 2014," said Mr Kiernan.

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