Conservation Volunteers New Zealand is about to host our first annual Business Clean Up Day Challenge. On Tuesday, 28 February, organisations around New Zealand and Australia will take part in the Clean Up Challenge at the key locations listed below.
Teams will be challenged to clean up as much rubbish as they can in a two hour period, competing against each other to see who will be crowned the champion. There’s an opportunity to gain extra points for finding mysterious, unusual or rare items.
Gather your workmates together and register your team. Why not invite other divisions in your workplace, challenge your regional branches or extend the invitation to your customers? You may enter as many teams as you like. We will provide everything you need including a BBQ lunch.
Show us how well you can clean up New Zealand!
What you need to know:
When: Tuesday 28 February, 2017
Time: 9.30am – 2pm
Where: Sites are located in Auckland, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Western Sydney
Cost: $1,200 + GST per team of up to 10 volunteers
What the day will look like:
- Meet on site at 9.30am on the day
- Teams will have 2 hours to collect as much rubbish as you can – 10am to 12pm
- Rubbish collection will be judged on weight, quantity and any interesting finds, with the winning team receiving a trophy.
- A BBQ lunch will follow while the rubbish is being judged
What to Bring and Wear:
Volunteers must wear a long sleeve shirt, trousers, boots/fully enclosed shoes, a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and bring along a drink bottle. Some sites are very exposed so ensure you have applied sunscreen.
Registrations close Tuesday 14 February 2017.
Interested in other opportunities to get your workmates involved in conservation activities? Check out our Employee Volunteering information.
Clean Up Challenge sites around New Zealand and Australia
We’ve found priority sites across New Zealand and Australia where you and your team can help clean up:
Auckland – Pt. England
Located on the Tamaki Estuary just a short drive from the CBD, this site is beautiful yet seriously degraded, boasting the title of Auckland’s most polluted waterway. This event will mark the beginning of a commitment by Conservation Volunteers to enhance the ecology of this area while working alongside the local community to support skills development and a pathway to employment for locals.
Adelaide – Semaphore Dunes
Semaphore Dunes play a valuable role along the Adelaide foreshore. The dunes host significant plant species and communities in the remnant vegetation and are home to numerous reptiles and birds. The dunes are under threat from further degradation and as such activities are underway to enhance the natural biodiversity of this fragile coastal environment.
Brisbane – Oxley Creek
The Fort Bushland Reserve in Oxley is a remnant of dry rainforest vegetation in Brisbane’s Oxley Creek catchment. It is a significant area for plant species and wildlife habitat, and forms part of an environmental corridor in the Oxley area. The reserve has been part of an ongoing project for the last decade to restore a functioning ecosystem.
Canberra – Tuggeranong Lake
Located just 20 minutes from the centre of the Canberra, Tuggeranong Lake provides a popular recreational destination. Storm water from Tuggeranong and surrounding areas flow into the lake, forming a silt and rubbish trap. Get involved in cleaning up this site to prevent this debris from travelling any further.
Hobart – Derwent Foreshore
This site on the Derwent Foreshore is located at the south western embayment of Prince of Wales Bay and is a litter hotspot. Due to dense populations and high levels of industry, Derwent River pollution has been of on-going concern.
Melbourne – Westgate Park
Westgate Park is located along the eastern banks of the Yarra River and offers spectacular views to the mouth of the Yarra and the city skyline. It is an example of how wasteland can become a flourishing ecological and recreational wetland.
Newcastle – Stockton Bridge
Stockton Bridge is directly next to Stockton Sand Spit which is part of Hunter Wetlands National Park. The Sand Spit is an internationally important RAMSAR listed saltmarsh habitat for migratory shorebirds that migrate from Russia, Alaska and China over the summer months. With these habitats shrinking worldwide great efforts are needed to preserve what remains.
Perth – Thomas Oval Bushland
Thomas Oval Bushland backs on to the Kwinana Buffer area within the City of Kwinana and contains remnant Tuart Woodland with limestone heathland communities. These bushland communities are becoming scarce in the Perth metropolitan area due to urbanisation and uncontrolled access. This area is also home to a variety of bird species including resident Whistling Kites.
Sydney – Sydney Olympic Park
Sydney Olympic Park is a premier destination for sporting, entertainment and cultural activities and one of Australia’s largest urban parklands. Given the parks location along the Parramatta River and other creeks a lot of debris is washed into this area allowing us to clean it up and reduce pollution of valuable waterways and wetlands.
Western Sydney – Prospect Creek
Prospect Creek is an urban watercourse of the Georges River catchment, stretching 26 kilometres. The Cumberland Council section of Prospect Creek has been recognised as having a high conservation significance due to the presence of endangered ecological communities, regionally significant flora species and its value as a wildlife corridor
Please note that it is cyclone season at this time of the year and the locations in Queensland may be faced with inclement weather. If this occurs, we may have to cancel or postpone the challenge at short notice. Every effort will be made to reschedule, but if you are unable to attend, a refund will be provided.