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The Clarence Head Longboarders took to the beaches, car parks and break wall area of Yamba to do their bit to clean up the environment, during Sunday’s annual ‘Clean Up Australia Day’. Image: Lynne Mowbray

Longboarders Clean Up Australia

Lynne Mowbray |

Yamba’s Clarence Head Longboarders got together on Sunday to help clean up their patch, during the annual ‘Clean Up Australia Day’.

Around 20 volunteers signed up to clean the area around Whiting and Turners Beaches and car parks at Yamba, as well as the break wall and the Yamba Lighthouse reserve and surrounding bushland.

A huge array of items were collected during the two hour clean up of the area, including: a car seat, lounge, double bed mattress, a bag of cement, a bike, yoga mat, surf rescue float, fishing bubbles (floats), a tyre and bags of general rubbish including bottles and cans.

President of the Clarence Head Longboarders Mark Harris said that the reason behind the longboarders volunteering for the clean up was because as surfers, they use the area quite regularly.

“We spend a lot of time down here surfing and we just wanted to return the favour, so-to-speak (by cleaning up our environment),” Mr Harris said.

C H Longboarders vice-president Nathon Houghton said that by keeping the area clean for the locals and visitors that come here, it makes the area more enjoyable for everyone.

“We’d like to encourage people to just clean up after themselves – every day,” said.

“There are plenty of bins around, so just use them,” he said.