On Sunday 3 March, the Friends of Malabar Headland participated in Clean Up Australia Day.

The Western Bushland area (now Malabar Headland National Park) was accepted as an official Clean Up Australia Day site and FoMH members worked along the Broome Street boundary from the Thompson Avenue gate.

Claire Bettington, our Clean Up Australia day Coordinator wrote:

A very good effort was put in today for Clean Up Australia Day in the Western Section, now a National Park.

As you can see, Peter Garrett joined us mid morning to give us the latest news on the Headland, and to thank us for our work.

Right to left, Jenny Hunter (Peter Garrett's Electoral Officer), Peter Garrett talking with Peter Fagan (FoMH Chairperson) and Barbara Tooth (FoMH Secretary)

Right to left, Jenny Hunter (Peter Garrett’s Electoral Officer) and Peter Garrett talking with Peter Fagan (FoMH Chairperson) and Barbara Tooth (FoMH Secretary)

Peter Garrett with Claire Bettington, our Clean Up Australia day Coordinator and Don Kerr, Bushcare Cordinator for the Western Bushland.

Peter Garrett with Claire Bettington, our Clean Up Australia day Coordinator and Don Kerr, Bushcare Cordinator for the Western Bushland.

We are very pleased to report that there was a lot less rubbish this year, and it was mainly building materials, rubble, bricks, cans and bottles, with the odd bit of broken furniture.

FoMH volunteers with the rubbish they removed from the National Park

FoMH volunteers with the rubbish they removed from the National Park

FoMH volunteers with the rubbish they removed from the National Park

FoMH volunteers with collected rubbish ready for removal

Apart from some low mounds of building materials dumped long ago, we are now down to picking up shattered glass, mostly a legacy of past car dumping and trashing, and bottles smashed on the rocks or dumped in the bush.

Claire Bettington and Barbara Tooth scrape out and sweep up broken glass at the entrance to the Western Bushland

Claire Bettington and Barbara Tooth scrape out and sweep up broken glass at the entrance to the Western Bushland

Let’s hope that there is no further dumping over the coming year, now that the Western Bushland is a National Park.

Thanks very much to all participants, a great job!

Claire Bettington

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