WHILE last Sunday was the official Clean Up Australia Day, it was also an opportunity to recognise all those local people who pick up rubbish on the beaches of Ballina Shire every day.
Ballina Coastcare secretary Lee Andresen completed a survey of the cleanliness of the beaches from North Wall to Flat Rock in preparation for last Sunday's clean-up. And he was pleased with what he found - or didn't find.
"The beaches themselves were sparkling clean," he said.
"There was hardly any rubbish because people are picking it up."
He said the trend for locals to pick up litter on the beaches had been a "terrific advance" in the last eight years or so.
"And those people should be congratulated for doing it," he said.
However, it was a different story for the car parks and lookout in that stretch of the coastline - including Lighthouse Lookout, a popular tourist spot in Ballina.
A group of 14 people volunteered to clean up those areas last Sunday, and found the usual items of cigarette butts, takeaway food packaging and alcohol bottles.
Along the riverfront at Kingsford Smith Dr, 28 people turned up for the East Ballina Lions Club clean-up, and reported the site was fairly clean, while 25 people picked up rubbish at Alstonville, including at Geoff Watt Oval, Crawford Park, Elizabeth Ann Brown Park and surrounding streets of Alstonville, including Main St.
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