Northern Settlement Services (NSS) organised a group of 10 people from Burmese and other backgrounds to get involved in Clean up Australian Day in Tamworth on Sunday.
The group met at the Jewry Street footbridge parking lot. NSS had a small table set up for participants’ registration and briefing about “Guide to Rubbish Items”.
Over the bridge, a combined effort from Landcare, the West Tamworth League Fishing Club and OzFish saw a record number of community members roll out to help bag up rubbish from the area.
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“Each participant carried a bottle of water and small snack in an NSS backpack and off we went to our designated clean-up site located along the baseball fields’ side,” support worker Amalin Sundaravej said.
“We walked along the footpath and roadway to the footbridge close to Bicentennial Park picking up all types of rubbish.
“Nothing was too big or too small nor was the terrain too hard to cover.
“All of us earnestly worked and sweated from the outset.
“This was exciting, especially for the newly arrived Burmese Australians, to join in cleaning up along Tamworth’s Peel River pathway and for them to be involved in a community activity in their new homeland.
“There was lots of good will from passers-by and joggers who waved at us.
“All our team said they would come back again for next year’s clean up, and are keen to join in other community activities.”