‘Rum Jungle’ clean-up this weekend

Published on Thursday, 12 May 2022 at 8:20:08 AM

The ongoing community led rehabilitation of ‘Rum Jungle’ to return the area to its natural state resumes this weekend on Sunday 15 May with a community clean-up.

This time around, members of the community who come out and help collect and remove smaller bits of rubbish from the site will be treated to morning tea, giveaways and a couple of numbers from Geraldton’s Sea Shanty group aptly called Rum Jungle, to thank them for their hard work.

City of Greater Geraldton Deputy Mayor Jerry Clune is pleased to see the ongoing community commitment to this public open space grow.

“Three years ago the first clean-up, initiated by local resident Heather Beswick, saw tonnes of dumped white goods, car bodies and other rubbish along with piles of mechanically removed boxthorn plants that would fill 16, eight meter long shipping containers removed from the site,” he said.

“Since then, annual busy bees have been held to control any boxthorn regrowth, revegetate the area and remove any illegally dumped rubbish on the 1.6 hectare triangular strip of Crown Land, located on the west side of Chapman Road just south of Macedonia Drive

“The results of our community’s hard work are amazing as native plants are thriving and wildlife is returning to the area.”

The Rum Jungle community clean-up will take place from 9am to approximately 11am Sunday 15 May 2022.

Members of the community interested in taking part should wear long sleeves and pants and bring along a hat and water bottle.

This event is proudly supported by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council.

Picture Caption: Volunteers with the rubbish collected in Rum Jungle.

Volunteers with the rubbish collected in Rum Jungle.

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