Far from whingeing about the sweltering heat and flies, workers at the Macquarie River yesterday were full of pride to be cleaning it up “for Dubbo”.
The three men from Westhaven Industries will be given a reprieve from factory work four times a year to clear away rubbish from the heavily used river reserves around the city.
“We love it – we don’t mind the heat because we’ve got a hat on and we love the work,” Neil Amey said.
Council’s landcare services manager Lynton Auld, who is responsible for the upkeep of the public land, said the men had been employed because they were efficient, effective and it gave them a chance to work outdoors.
He said reserves like Butler’s Falls and Sandy Beach were used regularly and the down-side to their popularity was that a lot of rubbish was left behind.
“People go to these places because they enjoy the ambience of the natural environment but unfortunately they don’t leave it that way.
“We don’t want people to think this initiative means council is taking responsibility for their mess, but we’re helping out. These men are a great crew of workers so it’s a win-win situation,” he said.
While previously Clean Up Australia Day was the only time the areas received any attention, the work would now be a regular program.
“The guys will come down here quarterly and clean up the reserves for about a week,” Mr Auld said.
Warren Flann said that despite the unsavoury task of having to pick up needles, the three men thoroughly enjoyed the work and “loved doing it for Dubbo”.
“It’s nice to be outside and we get it all clean for the people who come down here,” he said.
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