On Sunday the 14th November, under extremely poor windy weather conditions, forty three keen people came to help us clean up Lake Tuggeranong. Members of the Tuggeranong Lake Carers (TLC), Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC), Tuggeranong Sea Scouts, and other volunteers came from not just parts of Tuggeranong but many other areas of Canberra to help out.
About twenty full bags of rubbish plus bits and pieces were collected (we emptied half-filled bags into others so those to be picked up by the ACT government on Monday were full and we could reuse the other bags at our next clean-up). Approximately half of the bags were full of recycling materials and half general rubbish. We think we did not collect as many bags as we usually because:
- With the continual rain we have been having a lot of rubbish could have been washed downstream? This rubbish could have been washed over the dam wall and into the Murrumbidgee river or, with the water level up, some rubbish might be buried in reeds around the lake
- With the container deposit scheme more people are recycling?
- The weather was so bad we did not get as many people helping out, but we were very impressed at the large number of people who did come.
- People are more aware of throwing rubbish around due to events like this – we also organise a Spring clean-up and general awareness raising
Following the clean-up some of the participants stayed on for a sausage sizzle organised by the Tuggeranong Community Council with President Jeff Bollard volunteering to supervise the BBQ!
It should be noted that this Lake Clean-up is organised by the Tuggeranong Lake Carers with the support of the Tuggeranong Community Council, the Southern ACT Catchment Group, the Tuggeranong Sea Scouts and the Tuggeranong Rowing Club.
Tuggeranong Lake Carers