House debates

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Statements by Members

Clean Up Australia Day

1:58 pm

Photo of Gladys LiuGladys Liu (Chisholm, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I often spend my weekends in the parks and reserves of Chisholm, be it the weekly park run I attend or when I walk to the shops through my local park. However, when I do this, I'm always saddened by the senseless rubbish polluting my community's parks. I know I'm not the only one that is upset about rubbish in our green spaces. Last weekend thousands of volunteers participated in Clean Up Australia Day and spent their Sunday cleaning parks and bushland. These volunteers picked up cigarette butts, broken glass, plastics and anything else causing harm to our environment. I spent my day with some great people and organisations like the Blackburn Lions and their youth counterpart, the Leos. We were down at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary cleaning up the wetlands. I especially want to mention councillor Denise Massoud of Whitehorse City Council, who was my pick-up buddy for the day.

I want to congratulate all of those volunteers who put their community before themselves on Sunday. It is because of people like them that our parks will be free of rubbish. I cannot wait to join everyone next year for Clean Up Australia Day—but, hopefully, there will be a little less to clean up!