Rubbish put in its place
THOUSANDS of chip packets, cigarette butts and plastic bottles will be put in their rightful place next month, with the launch of the 2005 Clean Up Australia Day yesterday.
During the launch Gladstone was described as the cleanest industrial city around.
Event founder and former Australian of the year, Ian Kier-nan, praised the region's environmental makeup.
'We've always had very strong support in Gladstone for the cleanup program,' Mr Kiernan said.
'Gladstone is living proof that there is nothing wrong with having an industrial mix with a tourism mix.'
Mr Kiernan encouraged community groups and individuals to clean up the region's streets on the event's main day on March 6.
A business cleanup will be staged on March 1 and a school cleanup on March 4.
Gladstone mayor Peter Corones said the Clean Up Australia Day event was always successful in Gladstone, with locals keen to lend a hand.
'We have one of the biggest volunteer rates per capita in the state, so there are always plenty who lend their support to the event each year,' Cr Corones said.