February 24 - March 2, 2019: Issue 394


Clean Up Australia Day 2019

Business Clean Up Day – Tuesday 26 February 2019
Youth and Schools Clean Up Day – Friday 1 March 2019
Clean Up Australia Day – Sunday 3 March 2019

Local Clean Ups - By Postcode

Coasters Retreat, Pittwater
Sunday 03rd March 15:00
Meeting Point: Fire brigade fire shed
Site Supervisor: Wilma Taylor

Kiddies Corner, Palm Beach
Sunday 03rd March 09:00
Meeting Point: On the beach, southern end of Palm Beach off beach road.
Site Supervisor: Carmen Bolton

William Street, Avalon Beach
Sunday 03rd March 08:30 - 11:30
Meeting Point: Eastern end of William St, near track through mangroves.
Site Supervisor: Julie Bennett

Newport  beach
Sunday 03rd March 10:30 - 12:00
Meeting Point: Bert Payne Park bear the surf club
Site Supervisor: Matt James

Elvina Bay, Pittwater 
Saturday 02nd March 12:00
Meeting Point: Elvina Park
Site Supervisor: Melinda Broughton

Fitzpatrick Avenue, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Cargo Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Lowanna Street, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Eastern Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Harold Avenue, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Carols Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Vivian Street, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Bell Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Elizabeth Park, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Cargo Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Pitt View Street, Scotland Island
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Tennis Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Pittwater Road, Church Point
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 13:00
Meeting Point: Church Point Ferry Wharf
Site Supervisor: Cass Gye

Bayview Scout Hall and surrounds
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 11:00
Meeting Point: Bayview Scout Hall - come inside, sign up and collect a bag and gloves.
Site Supervisor: Jenny Hermann

Mona Vale Beach, Mona Vale
Sunday 03rd March 10:00 - 12:00
Meeting Point: Meet at the northern end of The Basin on the grass area next to beach.
Site Supervisor: Tina Mollema

Warriewood Beach
Sunday 03rd March 09:30 - 10:00
Meeting Point: Meet at the small timber platform next to the power pole, on the beach beside the car park.
Site Supervisor: Bruce Kelly

Sanctuary Island, Wimbledon Avenue, North Narrabeen
Sunday 03rd March 09:00 - 12:00
Meeting Point: Park at end of Wimbledon Avenue
Site Supervisor: Rick Shires

Get Involved as a Youth Group

Youth includes high schools, scouts and guides, faith based youth groups, local community youth groups, higher education providers and more! You can Create a Clean Up, Join a Clean Up near you, support one of our campaigns and more.

Last year Clean Up Australia Day was very successful on the Northern Beaches with 95 sites participating in the event.

A total of 9.8 tonnes of waste was removed from the Local Government Area while a number of heavy items including sunken boats, car parts and a quad bike were recovered from offshore locations.

At Manly Cove, 106 volunteer scuba divers from Dive Centre Manly removed 80kg alone of rubbish from the water in just one hour.

Of the 76% of items removed from this site, they included single-use plastics including plastic bags, plastic cutlery, plastic food wrappers and plastic straws.

Clean Up Sydney Harbour 

We're celebrating 30 Years since the very first Clean Up Sydney Harbour event in 1989! Learn more about our very special celebration around the harbour this year. 

Join us for a very special Sydney Harbour celebration in 2019

Thirty years ago, in 1989, the very first Clean Up Sydney Harbour event was founded by the late Ian Kiernan AO. It went national the following year, and now this community event has become one of the world’s largest environmental campaigns spanning 130 countries.

On March 3rd 2019 We Will Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Clean Up Sydney Harbour.

This milestone event will run in parallel with Clean Up Australia Day, and include some very special activities centred around Sydney Harbour, including:

  • Roads and Maritime Services supporting the event, with clearing large items from the harbour seabed floor, police divers, and a tally room on the day.
  • Local support from 10 councils surrounding the perimeter of the harbour and thousands of volunteers over 30+ Clean Up sites around the harbour.
  • Thanks to the support of BridgeClimb, Clean Up will have an exclusive dedicated climb to oversee the spectacular clean ups around the harbour.
  • Sydney Harbour Regatta – thanks to the support of Middle Harbour Yacht club, all 220 racing yachts will be flying Clean Up Australia flags and receive Skipper kits with clean up bags.
  • A large paddle board clean up supported by the Surfrider Foundation.
  • Merchandise custom designed by Ken Done in celebration of 30 years of Clean Up Sydney Harbour.
  • If you would like to be part of this day, you can register a site or volunteer at a site for this very special event.
  • You can also enter our competition to win 2 x BridgeClimb experiences.


We have some awesome Clean Up competitions this year including your chance to win a BridgeClimb, a poetry competition and more! 

'Change Starts With YOU' Poetry Competition!

If you're a High School class or Youth Group between the ages of 12-18, check out our poetry competition where you could win a poetry workshop for your class, have your winning poem be part of the Clean Up Australia 2020 campaign, and perform your poem at the Sydney Writers Festival in May!

In collaboration with Word Travels and Australian Poetry Slam, Clean Up Australia is hosting a poetry competition for your High School class or Youth Group (Scouts, Girl Guides, Faith based groups) which attracts membership between the ages of 12-18.

We would like you to create a poem based around the theme for this year’s Clean Up Australia Campaign, ‘Change starts with You’. We want to showcase the literary abilities of 12-18 year olds, whilst promoting awareness for how each person can make a positive impact on the environment.

The competition will be class or group based. This means that we can only have one entry per class/youth group. We suggest that you develop your poem as a team, whether there are 5 of you or 30!


‘What will we win?!’ I hear you cry. Well, we are giving the opportunity for two poems to win the competition. We will have a 'Champion', chosen by a judging panel from Clean Up Australia and Word Travels, along with a 'People's Choice', who will win decided by a public vote on the Australian Poetry Slam Facebook Page. It may be the case that the same poem wins both titles.

It’s Clean Up Australia’s 30th Anniversary in 2020 (time flies when you’re having fun), and we would like to use the winning poem for the campaign, by sharing it through various media channels, along with the potential for the poem to make it onto some of our merchandise. The winning class or youth group will also be invited to read their poem at the Australian Poetry Slam Youth - Sydney Final.

We do appreciate that this may be quite a way for some of you to travel, so, if you live far from Sydney we will be able to showcase your poem through a video link at this prestigious literature event. Your class or Youth Group will also get a poetry workshop courtesy of Word Travels and the Australian Poetry Slam. There are workshop coordinators in every state, so available to all areas. You will receive $350 towards the travel costs of the coordinator (any thing more than $350 will have to be covered by the School or Youth Group). These prizes will be given to the 'Champion' over the competition.

The 'People's Choice' will be recognised as the public's favourite poem, with the video being shared over social media.

Rules and Regulations

-Entries will be submitted by high school classes or youth groups (12-18 years), NOT individual students. This would be done by the group or class coordinator. Only ONE entry per class/youth group.

-Entries will be submitted via video upload. Classes/youth groups should record a performance of their poem [max 2 mins] and upload to youtube, sending the URL to the Australian Poetry Slam Facebook page via Woobox. The poem can be read by all students, one student or a couple of representatives. Students or Group members need to have their parent/guardian’s permission to appear in the video, as shortlisted poems will be shown on the Clean Up Australia, Australian Poetry Slam and Word Travels websites and social media channels.

-Entrants must be registered as a Youth Clean Up Day (YCUD) Site for the 2019 campaign. When uploading your video file with the poetry performance, you need to enter the file with the following information;

  • Name of Youth Group or High School (Individual Classes need to add their class name too. For example ‘Sydney Boys High- Class ABC’).
  • Name of Coordinator (The name of the adult associated with the class/group).
  • Coordinator email and contact number
  • Date of entry
  • Name of Poem
  • Youth Clean Up Day ‘site #’ (This can only be used once e.g. if another class in the school wants to enter, they need to create their own YCUD event)
  • Video upload – Video should be named with the site number and School or Class/Youth Group name e.g. ‘#12345 Sydney Boys High- Class ABC’. Video should be no longer than 2 minutes.

Entries open:  1 March 2019
Entries close: 29 March 2019

Shortlisted entries contacted: Friday 11 April 2019
Voting for People's Choice winner: 12-18 April 2019
Winners notified: 19 April 2019
Winners announced:  Monday 22 April 2019

-The entries will be shortlisted into 8 poems by Word Travels poetry experts, and will be put to a public vote via social media and website on Friday 11 April 2019.

-Voting for the winning poem will close on Friday 19 April with a combination of public votes and judges from World Travels, Clean Up Australia, and the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Melanie Mununggurr-Williams, with the winning poem being notified on that day.

-Please note: All participants involved with the video must have parent/guardian permission as it could potentially be shared if shortlisted.

For the full Terms and Conditions, please click HERE.

For hints and tips on how to write a good poem, click HERE.

To enter on the Australian Poetry Slam Facebook Page, click HERE (Applications open on 1st March)