New mission to clean up Goulburn River

By Tara Whitsed

After more than 800kg of waste was pulled from the Goulburn River in April, another clean-up event has been organised for this month.

Following the success of their past clean-up, RiverConnect, the Shepparton Canoe Club and Veolia are gearing up for a second clean-up mission, this time open to all community members.

RiverConnect officer Meg Pethybridge said the first clean-up attracted positive attention.

‘‘We received a lot of community support and interest after the first clean-up event and we had people asking the date of the next one so they can participate,’’ she said.

‘‘Anyone who would like a great day out on the river and who is interested in improving our environment is invited to bring fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, utes and trailers or an extra hand to help collect rubbish in and around the river.

‘‘Even if you haven’t spent much time out on the water, there will be plenty of experienced paddlers to show you what to do and teach you a new skill.’’

Multiple crews will be staged across the 6km stretch of the river between Daintons Bridge and the Jordans Bend boat ramp, with ground assistance vehicles collecting rubbish piles left by the paddlers along the way.

The crews will begin at 9am on Saturday, May 18, and travel downstream, then return to Shepparton Canoe Club at Victoria Park Lake for a barbecue lunch at 1pm. Participant registrations are required for catering and group co-ordination purposes. Phone Meg on 58329714.