Bendigo residents are being encouraged to lend a hand to the environment and take part in Clean Up Australia Day this Sunday.
There will be groups picking up rubbish at Ironbark Gully, the Lake Eppalock shoreline, Maiden Gully, Strathdale Park and the Bendigo Creek Streamside Reserve.
Northern Bendigo Landcare Group Secretary Nicole Howie, who will be the coordinator of the Bendigo Creek event, said it was about working together to protect the environment.
"We would love some help to tidy up," she said. "A lot of litter - like bottles and cans - washes down the creek from Bendigo and stays on the creek bank or in the creek itself."
Ms Howie said anyone was welcome - all they need were some sturdy footwear, gloves, and sun protection.
"It’s not a large area, so it will take a little bit of coordination along the creek," she said. "We want to make sure we keep it safe for all volunteers."
"But more hands make light work," she said.
The Ironbark Gully Friend's Marie Bonne, who will be leading their Clean Up Australia Day event, said people need to take responsibility for the environment they live in.
"Many people come, see the amount of rubbish there is, and then change the way they personally view the environment," she said. "We're hoping to get 20 or 30 people to help out this weekend."
The Maiden Gully Progress Association will also be leading a clean up of the reserve opposite Sanctuary Boulevard.
The group's Secretary Carol Clark said the message was simple.
"We just want to make Maiden Gully a better and cleaner place to live," she said. "Wear appropriate clothes, gloves, and a hat and help clean up what other people have left behind."
To find your closest Clean Up Australia Day event, check out cleanupaustraliaday.org.au
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