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Regional effort on Clean Up Australia Day in West Arnhem

14 March 2019

West Arnhem has made a regional effort to improve environmental sustainability with all five communities holding successful Clean Up Australia Day events recently.
After placing a great focus on waste management in 2018, West Arnhem communities of Maningrida, Warruwi, Minjilang, Jabiru and Gunbalanya are leading the way again in 2019 by holding events which engaged community members and promoted ways to look after the local environment.
The Clean Up Australia Day event in Warruwi was supported by the entire community with a great turn out on the day.
The clean up and family fun day included raffles, games and activities as well as great prizes to those who went the extra mile to pick up rubbish – congratulations to the winners. 
West Arnhem Regional Council Acting Council Service Manager Shane Slavin wished to thank everyone who helped make the day possible including the rangers, Yagbani, the youth and all community members who assisted.
He also wished to thank those who donated the great prizes including Fly Tiwi, Barge Express, Warruwi School and Ajurumu Store.
Ngarrurri ta Warruwi karrungatpi la ngarrurrimung 
Ta kani ta kanak katpani-util la karrungula ta kunak ngarrurru (We at Warruwi have pride in our community).
The Gunbalanya Clean Up Australia Day event saw West Arnhem Regional Council join forces with the Gunbalanya Community School, Rise and Njanjma Rangers for an afternoon of picking up rubbish.
More than 75 people supported the event, and all the hard work was rewarded with a community barbecue.
Many thanks to all who participated and special thanks to the Gunbalanya Shop and the Gunbalanya Service Station for supporting the barbecue. 
This was a good start to the rest of the year to achieve bigger awards at the Tidy Towns Awards for 2019.
Minjilang held their Clean up Australia Day event on March 8, and the residents were very eager and motivated to make Minjilang a cleaner community.

The day was made a success with support from all of the service providers including ALPA, Mamaruni School, Rise Ventures, Garngi Rangers and the Clinic.
Each service provider had a quick talk about the importance of a clean community and how it related to them. 
After their success at winning the Litter Management award at last year’s Tidy Towns Awards, Minjilang is excited to raise the bar this year.
In Jabiru, students from Jabiru Area School heard from Keep Australia Beautiful Council NT Chief Executive Officer Heimo Schober, before heading out to clean up the community.
Heimo put on a wonderful presentation about where rubbish comes from, the impact it has on the local environment and the health of animals, and how we can all work together to keep the local community clean. The students then headed out to pick up rubbish from around the school and the Jabiru Town Plaza before enjoying a barbecue lunch. Thanks must go to Jabiru Area School students and teachers, Clontarf, Council and Louise.
The Maningrida clean up event was also another great success, with the primary school students helping to collect rubbish along the foreshore alongside community members and the WARC works crew.
The Rangers also got involved by assisting with weed removal and educating the students about environmental sustainability. Afterwards, all those who were involved got to enjoy a party at the pool with music and a barbecue.