Sue pitches in to clean river bank



A WALK along Boyne River banks this week left Sue Gersch disgusted.

'All we could see was litter,' Mrs Gersch said.

Their home runs along the river and Mrs Gersch said the high tide resurfaced several months worth of litter.

Mrs Gersch and her husband couldn't wait for Clean Up Australia Day tomorrow and got stuck into cleaning up the mess.

'We were going to take our morning tea down to the Boyne River to enjoy the king tide,' Mrs Gersch said.

Instead they ended up removing five sacks of rubbish from only 50 metres of river bank.

'The king tide brought it all out of the mangroves,' Mrs Gersch said.

'I don't think anyone cleans up the river bank. It's hard to get to.

'People clean up the beaches regularly but not the river banks.'

Mrs Gersch, originally from England, has lived in Australia for 20 years and believes people are becoming more complacent about the environment and littering.

The rubbish along the river bank made this evident but she hoped residents from the Gladstone region pulled on their gloves on tomorrow for Clean up Australia Day, something she was passionate about.

't's just a love of Australia,' Mrs Gersch said.

'And exasperation and frustration and disgust for people who throw litter.

'It's pure selfishness.'

Since moving to Australia Mrs Gersch hasn't looked back and said it was because Australia had something special to offer.

'Australia is the country,' Mrs Gersch said.

'Australia is the lucky country.

'It is the lucky country but it is what we make it.'

Mrs Gersch and her husband have enjoyed involving themselves in a number of projects on the coast including their own backyard rehabilitating their one acre block.

Tomorrow they will be pitching in for a clean-up of Wild Cattle Island.



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