I write to acknowledge and thank the efforts of a number of residents in Gippsland South who recently took the initiative to organise or participate in a Clean-Up Australia Day event.

While the official Clean-Up Australia Day took place on March 7, 2021, I am aware that several events have been held throughout March led by local community groups, schools and even individuals who took the initiative to organise a clean-up site.

I want to give a special mention to the Gippsland Water Dragons, who took to the water to clean out the waters in the Port of Sale and Flooding Creek with nets to clear our waterways of plastics bags and other rubbish.

I am also aware that the Toora Lions Club were joined by the Toora Primary School in their efforts to clean up Sagasser Park and the Franklin River Reserve over two separate days; Central Gippsland Health hosted a clean-up event at the Sale Seed Community Garden and Leongatha Secondary’s VCAL class also made the effort to host a local clean-up.

As your local Member of Parliament, it brings me great pride to see members of our community showing initiative and making a difference in such a way.

Thank you to everyone who took part in helping to care for our environment and keeping our home beautiful.

Danny O’Brien MP, Gippsland South MP.