Roll up your sleeves, slap on a hat and do your part to help Townsville’s natural environment with Townsville City Council this Clean Up Australia Day.

This year’s Council-organised clean up will be held at Apex Park at Rasmussen and will include a native plant giveaway and free barbecue for volunteers.

Community Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability Committee chairperson Maurie Soars said Clean Up Australia Day was a chance for people from all walks of life to learn about keeping the environment clean.

“The environment is for all of us to share, and it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep it pristine,” Cr Soars said.

“There are small things you can do every day to help look after the environment, like throwing out your rubbish properly and picking up litter if you see it, but events like Clean Up Australia Day are a chance for us to go above and beyond to tackle litter in our city.”

Cr Soars said keeping litter out of parks and waterways wasn’t just important for the visual appeal of the city.

“We all want our city to look beautiful, but it’s about more than that. Our parks, rivers, nature reserves and beaches are the home to a vast array of wildlife that we’re lucky to have here in Townsville,” he said.

“We need to do everything we can to make sure our wildlife is looked after, and the simplest way for each of us to do that is by disposing of our rubbish properly every day.”

Cr. Soars said getting involved in this year’s Clean Up Australia Day event was easy.

“To get involved just head down to Apex Park for an 8am start. Make sure you’re being sun smart with a hat, long sleeves and sunscreen,” he said.

“We’ll have a barbecue for clean up volunteers, and a native tree giveaway on a first come first serve basis.”

Clean Up Australia Day is Sunday, March 7. Council’s clean up at Apex Park will run from 8am to 10am.