Clean up the Downs

Step Up to clean up the Southern Downs. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

More than one million Australians Step Up for Clean Up Australia Day, an annual initiative aimed at addressing national waste challenges and preserving the environment.

The Southern Downs Regional Council is inviting residents to join hands with family, friends, colleagues, schools, and community groups to register local Clean Up sites for Clean Up Australia Day 2024, Sunday 3 March.

Residents are encouraged to register their Clean Up sites at by 16 February to receive a complimentary kit comprising bags, gloves, informational materials, and promotional resources to facilitate their Clean Up activities.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Leon Love encouraged Southern Downs residents to Step Up and get behind this worthy community-based environmental event. 

“The Southern Downs is home to breathtaking natural landscapes, welcoming parks and beautiful bush,” Mr Love said. 

“We can all play a part in taking responsibility for keeping the Southern Down free from rubbish and making a  difference in keeping our green and open spaces pristine. 

“Creating a Clean Up event is a great way to care for our environment as well as being mindful of sustainable waste practices. 

“By volunteering, you will raise awareness of littering and illegal dumping and the impact it has on our region.”

Residents are also encouraged to share their Clean Up community photos on social media using the hashtag #MySDRC or by emailing them to for a chance to win one of three Southern Downs Eco Prize Packs.

Following the Clean Up efforts, participants and their teams are invited to join the Southern Downs Regional Council’s free community event at Warwick’s Leslie Park.

On 3 March from 10am to 12pm there will be live music, BBQ food, ice creams available for purchase, and games for children at the Youth Stage on Albert Street, Leslie Park, Warwick.

For more information and to register Clean Up sites, visit before the February 16 deadline. Let’s join hands to keep the Southern Downs clean and green for generations to come.