Clean Up Australia Day

This simple idea of Australian builder and solo yachtsman Ian Kiernan has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event in which more than 6 million Australians have now volunteered their time since 1989 to help make a difference to their own local environment. It started out as Clean Up Sydney Harbour Day in 1989 which received an enormous public response with more than 40,000 Sydneysiders donating their time and energy to clean up their harbour. Tonnes of rusted car bodies, plastic , glass bottles and cigarette butts were removed. The next year Clean Up Australia Day was born. Ian and his committee believed that if a capital city could be mobilised into action, then so could the whole nation. Almost 300,000 volunteers turned out on the first Clean Up Australia Day in 1990 and that involvement has steadily increased ever since. In the past twelve years, Australians have devoted more than eight million hours towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day and collected over 165,000 tonnes of rubbish.

Developed by John Lyons