AGL Macquarie employees roll up their sleeves to remove five tonnes of rubbish from Muswellbrook Common

MORE than five tonnes of rubbish was removed from the former town Common when AGL Macquarie staff harnessed their energy, rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in.

Now owned by the Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council, the area is a hot spot for illegal dumping and AGL was keen to add some heavy lifting to the Business Clean Up Day event, on Thursday, March 7.

AGL Macquarie general manager Len McLachlan said all staff has the opportunity to use a volunteer day each year to help a local organisation or cause they identify with.

“Our team was really pleased to be able to help clean up the former town Common and make this contribution to our community,” he explained.

“Apprentice training coordinator Ian Baldwin deserves a special mention for organising the volunteers and delivery of all equipment and resources needed for the event.”

Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council is pursuing various methods to stop the illegal dumping.

A spokesperson admitted it was heartening to know there were still good, caring people in the community and thanked AGL, Muswellbrook Shire Council, Blackrock Mining Services and Garry Day Concrete for their help.

“It is disappointing to have to restrict access to one of the few large open areas close to town.

“People need areas to walk and play in but it is the few who have no respect or care for the health and welfare of others or the environment that ruin it for everyone else,” the spokesperson added.

Muswellbrook Shire Council sustainability officer Mick Brady said both they and Wanaruah were appreciative of the effort by the volunteers.

“But, we need to get the message out there that illegal dumping on council or privately-owned land is wrong and significantly impacts the local environment and residents who want to enjoy these areas responsibly,” he said.