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Clean Up Australia Day 2016 a sparkling success at Patterson Reserve

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Twenty keen volunteers turned up early at Patterson Reserve Hawthorn on Sunday March 6th to make a contribution to the 2016 Clean Up Australia campaign.

Rotarians, Rotaractors and members of the public joined forces to make for a very fast and efficient removal of ugly litter, spurred on by prizes for the most unusual artefact unearthed. The main prize went to young Oxford, who brought his mum all the way from Richmond to do his bit. Oxford found lots of rubbish but the most interesting piece was an old antique boot which, it was generally agreed, would have had a very interesting history.

Starting relatively early to avoid the heat, the Clean Up Team had the job done by midday, just in time to enjoy a cool drink and a sausage sizzle, complete with onions, bread and tomato sauce, thanks to the efforts of Master Chef Keith Duncan. The snags were so good more than one Rotarian was tempted to a third helping.

The working bee included a tidy up of the Farmers' Market container, which unearthed a few treasures as well.

The team successfully removed rubbish from the area bordered by Toorak Road, Gardiners Creek, Auburn Road and the Hockey Club, including along the creek bank and bike track. As you can see from the photos taken at the end of the day, the whole area was absolutely pristine when the job was done.

A very big thank you to everyone who came along to make the event such a success. It was all a lot of fun and the Reserve looks absolutely terrific.

See you again next year!

Richard Blakeman

Community Service Director



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