Join the Corporate Clean Up Day Challenge

Conservation Volunteers is calling on all corporates to help clean up our environment by taking part in our Corporate Clean Up Day Challenge on Friday 16 November 2018.

The world is currently producing nearly 300 million tonnes of plastic each year – a significant amount of which will end up in the oceans, where it impacts nearly 700 species, as well as humans. Help clean up our local parks, reserves and beaches with some friendly competition by joining our Corporate Clean Up Day Challenge!

Get your colleagues together and join us in cleaning up selected priority sites across Australia & New Zealand.  Why not challenge your rival departments or compete against your interstate branches?  In teams of up to 10 you will have 2 hours to collect as much litter as you can find with extra points gained for any quirky items found – you could walk away with bragging rights and the Champion Trophy to show off at your workplace.

To celebrate the efforts achieved by all volunteers we will finish with a BBQ lunch!

When: Friday 16 November, 2018

Time: 9.30am – 2pm

Where: Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Christchurch, Geelong, Gladstone, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Wellington.

Cost: NZ $1,200 per team of up to 10 volunteers

Register: Please register by Wednesday 31 October 2018 by emailing [email protected]

From last year’s challenge we removed over 3 tonnes of general rubbish and recycling from our coastlines, parks, rivers and reserves. In addition to this we found some larger or somewhat unusual items including shopping trolleys, car parts, unopened Italian beer, an x-ray, bank details with a pin, keys, lounge chairs, wheel barrows and a swing set.

Here is what past participants had to say:

“It’s a great team building day and a real eye opener as to just how much rubbish ends up running into our waterways.” Daniel, Origin Energy team volunteer.

“Thanks once again for arranging a great volunteering day for our Rio Tinto teams. We really appreciate your efficient organisation and smooth running of the event, which was really enjoyed by all our employees.” Lareesa Lynch, Manager Community Investment, Rio Tinto.

Limited places – sign up your team today!

Site Locations:

Adelaide – The River Torrens and Linear Reserve is a mecca for recreational walking and enjoying the outdoors in Adelaide, to help keep the river clean from rubbish that washes downstream come join us in rubbish collection along the highly used section of the River just west of Adelaide CDB.
Auckland – the Tāmaki Estuary is widely known to be on the poor end of environmental health for overall water quality, contaminants in sediment and ecology and one of the most polluted waterways in Auckland. The Tamaki area is also home to one of our nationally focused threatened species, the longfin eel, a strong indicator species of waterway health.
Brisbane – Gardens Point is a peninsula in central Brisbane, located upstream of the Botanical gardens and opposite the mangrove shielded banks of Brisbane River.
Canberra – Lake Burley Griffin is an important freshwater ecosystem, the lake and its margins are a significant wildlife refuge and bird habitat. The Jerrabomberra Wetlands, at the eastern end of Lake Burley Griffin, provide a valuable habitat for many species of waterbirds.
Christchurch – Avon/Heathcote Ihutai Estuary is a spectacular site; as well as being the largest semi-enclosed shallow estuary in Canterbury it is one of New Zealand’s most important coastal wetlands.
Geelong – Point Henry is on the southern shore of Corio Bay and has international significance as habitat for migratory birds including Little Terns, Curlew Sandpipers and Red-necked Stints
Gladstone – Wyndham Park is located on the mouth of the Boyne River and adjoins Lilley’s Beach containing significant native dune vegetation and marine turtle nesting.
Hobart – Bilton Bay in Austins Ferry is on the banks of the Derwent Estuary, which is a unique environment – a partially closed body or water, where fresh and saline water mix. The sheltered waters of the Derwent provide habitat for a broad range of species adapted to this environment.
Melbourne – Pipemakers Park is located in the inner western suburbs in the city of Maribyrnong, on the western bank of the Maribyrnong River. The park is a historic pipemaking industrial site, which has been transformed into a reserve and wetlands.
Newcastle – Ash Island is located approximately 14kms north west of downtown Newcastle and is part of Hunter Wetlands National Park.  Surrounded by the north and south arms of the Hunter River, Ash Island provides habitat for an array of wildlife including vulnerable and threatened species.  Ash Island has large areas of threatened saltmarsh community that supports many invertebrates that in turn support many bird and marine species.
Perth – C Y O’Connor Beach is a 20-hectare reserve and stretches from South Fremantle to McTaggart Cove to the south.  The bustling beach location attracts many visitors whom in some cases leave behind litter that flows into the ocean and impacts on our marine life.
Sydney – Towra Point Nature Reserve is a protected nature reserve that is located in southern Sydney and is home to the critically endangered Eastern Curlew migratory shore bird.
Wellington – The South Coast of Wellington offers spectacular views of a rugged coastline steeped by cliffs, a deep blue ocean and on a clear day, views of the snow-capped Kaikoura Ranges. Due to the exposed nature of this coastline and strong currents from the Cook Strait, the beaches are a collection point for plastic bottles, cans, glass, micro-plastics and other rubbish. Many species of native wildlife call this area home including the little blue penguin/kororā as well as native skinks which are in decline.