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Join in the riverside clean-up and make a difference

Parks and Wildlife staff after last year's rivers clean-up
Parks and Wildlife staff after last year's rivers clean-up Miranda Jackson, WA Parks and Wildlife

If you have ever enjoyed a trip to the Swan Canning Riverpark, join us for the Clean Our Rivers event from 30 January to 5 February and make a difference to river health.

Department of Parks and Wildlife volunteers and community manager Jason Menzies said people were encouraged to gather their friends and take part in a riverside rubbish clean-up.

“This is a great way for Perth river users to help prevent rubbish and discarded fishing waste making their way into the river system,” Mr Menzies said.

“We’re hoping lots of people can get involved with this initiative, which is in its second year.”

Mr Menzies said Parks and Wildlife removed several tonnes of rubbish such as plastics, shopping trolleys, whitegoods and fishing waste from the Swan and Canning rivers and foreshore areas each year.

The department’s Fishing Line Bin project, which provides dedicated bins for discarded tackle and bait bags at popular fishing sites, is also helping reduce fishing waste entering the rivers.

“Over the last three years the community has helped us prevent more than 44km of fishing line, 7600 hooks and sinkers, 6600 bait bags and 18,000 general rubbish items getting into the water and seriously impacting native wildlife,” he said.

“This is an excellent achievement and the Clean Our Rivers event will help us build on those results and raise further awareness of the importance of keeping the river environment clean and healthy.”

To be a part of Clean Our Rivers, just participate in a clean-up at a favourite riverside spot between Monday 30 January and Sunday 5 February 2017. Gloves and rubbish bags can be collected from 20 local governments from 23 January onwards, or simply bring your own.

For more information and participating local governments visit http://www.riverguardians.com/how-you-can-help/whats-on#event-224

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