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Friday, 27th February, 2015

Denea Dowell (left) and Neve Robins with bags at the ready to pick up the rubbish inside and outside their school today. Denea Dowell (left) and Neve Robins with bags at the ready to pick up the rubbish inside and outside their school today.

By Emily Roberts

Broken Hill High School’s SRC are spearheading their Clean Up Australia Day campaign and are encouraging other locals to get behind it.

Students from all years will take part in the clean up this afternoon at the school and surrounding areas.

Teacher and SRC co-ordinator Erin Connors said students would participate this afternoon.

“Students from Year 10 will go to Joe Keenan Lookout and pick up rubbish,” she said.

“City Council has offered to put a bin up there for the children.”

She said other students would go to Bromide Street for the clean up.

“We will have Year 9 students cleaning up the perimeter of the school and surrounding streets,” Ms Connors said.

“There will students cleaning up inside the grounds as well.”

SRC Executive members Denea Dowdell and Neve Robins were getting behind the initiative.

“Around the outside of the school is horrendous,” Neve said.

“It just looks terrible.

“I would prefer to have the school looking respectable.”

Denea said it was also important to raise community awareness.

“I think everyone should look at the city as a whole and see how much rubbish is around,” she said.

The pair are hoping to encourage other community groups to get behind the campaign.

“We hope that it might encourage people to stop littering as well,” Denea said.

This year will see 25 years of volunteer action across Australia.

Last year, thanks to an estimated 572,406 volunteers Clean Up Australia Day, cleaned up 15,708 tonnes at 7,140 sites across Australia.

Since the national event started in 1990 Australians have donated more than 27.2 million hours taking to their streets, bushland, parks and waterways on Clean Up Australia Day, removing an estimated 288,650 tonnes of rubbish from 145,754 sites across the country.

For more information visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.

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