Port Stephens Council is encouraging residents, schools and community groups to take a hands-on approach to keeping Port beautiful this Clean Up Australia Day.

Individuals and community groups will be out in force on Sunday 3 March, while schools are encouraged to get involved on Friday 1 March 2019.

Mayor Ryan Palmer says Port Stephens Council is proud to support Australia’s largest community-based environmental event.

“The Port Stephens community has proudly participated in Clean Up Australia Day every year since its inception in 1991.

“This year, more than 30 sites have been registered across Port Stephens, which is fantastic to see! This includes 14 schools, 13 community groups, three businesses and three youth groups,” Mayor Palmer said.

“Clean Up continues to be an important date in Australians’ calendars. It’s a day to make a positive change in our community and it really shows that one person can make a difference.

“I think more and more people are waking up to the fact that plastic and other litter is creating a huge problem for our environment.

“Port Stephens is an incredible place with huge ecological significance. We want to keep Port Stephens beautiful, and Clean Up is a great way for individuals and community groups to play an important part in that.

“It’s easier than ever to get involved — just head to the Clean Up website to register a Clean Up site, or join an existing one.

“And if picking up rubbish isn’t your thing, but you still want to help, you can make a donation to Clean Up Australia.”

To register a site or get involved, visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or call 1800 CUA DAY (1800 282 329).