Harrington Park Lake clean up event a huge success

Local residents rallied to collect rubbish around Harrington Park Lake for Clean Up Australia Day.

About 20 people gathered at the lake last Sunday to tidy up the iconic location.

Harrington Park resident Tayah Rogers helped organise the clean up event.

She said she was delighted with the turn out on the day.

“I saw a post on the Harrington Grove and Harrington Park Community Noticeboard page on Facebook asking people to clean up the lake,” she said.

“A whole lot of people were complaining about the mess around the lake so I thought, ‘let’s get down there and clean it up instead of whinging about it online’.”

Ms Rogers signed up on the Clean Up Australia Day website to coordinate the event and posted it to the Facebook community page.

The Harrington Park residents who joined in the clean up efforts included adults and children of all ages.

The volunteers collected a lot of rubbish on the day filling more than 30 large bin bags and fishing larger items from around the lakeside.

“I think it’s easy for people to jump online and say how bad the lake looks,” Ms Rogers said. “Regardless of whether you do it on purpose or not, I think we all contribute to the litter around the lake in some way.

“It just takes one family, one time to leave something behind. If we all did that, it leaves behind a bigger mess.”

Ms Rogers said she hoped more people would join Clean Up Australia Day events in future.

Additional events were held across the Camden local government area last week including Harrington Grove, Mount Annan, Narellan, Camden, Camden South, Spring Farm and Elderslie.