Thousands of Australians around the country turned out in support of this year’s ‘Clean Up Australia Day’, and in Melbourne many Citywide staff gave up their weekends to join in the worthy cause.
As caretakers of some of Australia’s most iconic parks and foreshores, many Citywide staff work constantly to ensure our land is clean and pollution-free, but never has a staff-member ventured under the water to clear pollution.
Commercial Civil Admin Officer Phoebe Preuss runs Coastalpedia, a small Melbourne-based dive school, in her spare time. Last year she was struck with the notion that Clean Up Australia should be as much about the rubbish that goes into our oceans as the rubbish on our land and made up her mind to do something about.
This year, the Clean Up Australia Day underwater initiative saw Queenscliff Pier and surrounding beaches cleaned by a number of enthusiastic divers. Citywide proudly sponsored the divers who worked hard throughout the day to clean up a substantial amount of rubbish from not only above but below the water.
Citywide is a company with a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability, reporting year-on year energy consumption reduction and a reduction in Co2 output. With one whole division directed towards collecting and processing waste, an initiative like Clean Up Australia day certainly echoes the company’s own goals.
Dynon Road Waste Transfer facility processes over 180,000 tonnes per year. Commercial Waste & Transfer Station Business Manager Clyde Harding says he is proud to be part of the process that cleans up Melbourne not only on Clean Up Australia Day but all 365 days of the year.
“Our Waste Truck Operators take extra care in the collection of rubbish to ensure that the City remains clean day in & day out.” says Clyde. “We work closely with councils & other waste service providers to ensure our streets, are kept clean of debris and waste which in turn makes Melbourne the most liveable city”.