Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Up March

Sunday 3rd March – a fine day for collecting the disposed excess of our overflowing society.

12 Foggies met at the Ian McCann Reserve. This was named after the late Ian, an honorary life member of FOGGS, a chief instigator in the Declaration of the Grampians National Park, and a vocal conscience for Stawell’s environment.

The Reserve itself was a disused block of land on the Pomonal (Lake Fyans Tourist) Road just beyond the town limit. Despite being dug over by miners in the early days of Pleasant Creek, and used as a general rubbish dump by lazy Stawellites, the block still holds a wealth of native vegetation and spring wildflowers. It is a great asset for the people of this area.

With plastic garbage bags the intrepid twelve meandered into the scrub, collecting small rubbish (bricks, bottles, piping and tin cans) and two bicycles, and feeling derogatory towards the larger: deposited iron, old toilets, fibro-sheeting, tyres.

We eventually emerged in the heat of the day for debriefing, deliberation, and a cup of tea.

A job well done!

It was, and still is, apparent that the Reserve is vastly undermanaged, also that light machinery is required to move the rubbish remaining; Parks needs some positive directives in this regard.

Ben Gunn

NOTE: Our bags of rubbish have been collected by Park staff, who are also following up on the larger rubbish.