BMA and school clean up Dysart
BMA and Dysart State High School have taken the meaning of “rubbish duty” to a new level, launching the Clean-Up Dysart program to clean up litter in the Central Queensland town.
Launched in November, the program involves a fortnightly clean-up and will continue for six months, after which the school and BMA will review and evaluate its effectiveness and look at bringing in additional partners to ensure its longevity.
Traditionally the relationship between BMA and Dysart State High School has been focused on education. However, Gus Gomes, general manager of BMA’s Norwich Park Mine, and Peter Sharpe, general manager of BMA’s Saraji Mine, along with school principal Scott Whybird, believed it was time to do something about the state of Dysart’s streets and parks.
“It’s encouraging to see the successful relationship between the mines and the local high school diversify and focus on an issue that has become so important for today’s society and the environment,” Mr Sharpe said.
At the first clean-up on November 18 more than 60kg of rubbish was picked up in an hour.
More than 20 people took part, including BMA employees and students and teachers from Dysart State High School.
Norwich Park’s Gus Gomes said the state of Dysart was the responsibility of every resident of the town.
“It’s time that we became proactive and got involved to overcome the problem, both by prevention and cleaning up rubbish,” he said.