Locals encouraged to Adopt-a-Spot

Published on 01 March 2016

The City of Swan has partnered with Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) to support the Adopt-a-Spot litter program in Perth’s eastern region.

City Mayor Mick Wainwright said the initiative encourages local communities to come together to look after their local area.

“The Adopt-a-Spot program, facilitated by Keep Australia Beautiful WA, encourages community-focussed organisations and individuals to keep their local environment clean by adopting a site in the local area to look after and keep litter-free,” he said.

“Participants adopt a site to keep litter-free for two years and agree to do three to four clean ups per year.

“There are currently 575 registered Adopt-a-Spot groups, with about 14,000 people involved across WA.

“Research suggests that littered areas are more likely to attract other antisocial behaviours such as graffiti and vandalism so tackling the littering issue is important for community safety as well as environmental health.”

Clean up materials (bags, gloves and tools) an adoption certificate, insurance and safety information will be provided to the groups or individuals by KAB.

Keep Australia Beautiful Council Chairperson Michael Aspinall commended the City of Swan for putting a focus on creating cleaner suburbs and encouraging residents to get involved.

“Having the ongoing support of local governments like the City of Swan is an important factor in changing littering behaviour,” he said.

“Our research shows that when people start picking up litter, they also start talking about it with other people and become role models for positive behaviour.”

Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward Councillor Rod Henderson said the City will work with the KAB to distribute clean up packs to adopting groups or individuals.

“By encouraging community involvement and ownership, this program supports the City’s efforts to keep the local environment clean and safe,” he said.

“We are looking for community minded groups and individuals keen to give back to their local area by getting on board with this program.

“It only takes a few days each year and you can make a big difference.”

To register, follow the link to the Adopt-a-Spot program on the City of Swan website, www.swan.wa.gov.au/Adoptaspot or call the Adopt-a-Spot Program Coordinator on 6467 5339.

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