Artwork of a Green Sea turtle, made from plastic debris that she found on the riverbanks of UQ. What is Clean Up Australia Day?

This year marks the 30th anniversay of Clean Up Australia Day. Beginning in 1990, Clean Up Australia Day was the idea of Ian Kiernan. An avid sailor, Ian was shocked by the pollution and rubbish that he encountered in oceans across the world. Ian initially organised a community clean up event with the help of a committe of friends. This simple idea ignited an enthusiasm and desire among the local community to get involved and make a difference.

Over the past 30 years more than 17.7 million Australian have donated their time to Clean Up Australia Day activities, which equates to 35 million hours of volunteer time and more than 365,00 uteloads of rubbish. 

For Clean Up Australia Day we are cleaning up the UQ riverbank  

Did you know that collecting plastic waste near coasts rather than in the oceans is the most effective way to reduce plastic pollution? Help us do just that on Clean Up Australia Day: UQ students and staff and members of the local community are invited to help clear rubbish along the riverbank at St Lucia.

Get a team together

In the past, Clean Up Australia Day at UQ has been a student-led event. This year, we are asking UQ staff to get involved. Why not grab your office mates and knock off half an hour early on Friday 28 February? Meet us on the corner of Sir William McGregor Drive and College Road, St Lucia. Volunteer your time to help Clean Up your workplace's environment. Cover art of Butterflies Australia app.

Just after the clean-up, SCB UQ-Brisbane Chapter have organised a butterfly walk along Sir William McGregor Drive. A butterfly expert will help in spotting, and identifying butterflies and teach us how to use the new 'Butterflies Australia' app.     

How to register

Register you and your team here

What to bring

Bring a water bottle,closed shoes and sun protection. Gloves can be provided for anyone who can't bring their own. We will also have cold water on hand.

The hosts

This event is hosted by the UQ Sustainability Office, the Centre of Marine Science, Marine Society UQ, the Society for Conservation Biology UQ Brisbane Chapter, UQ GEMs and the UQU Environment Collective.

Thank you to Glenda Mahoney for creating the stunning artwork of a Green Sea turtle, made from plastic debris that she found on the riverbanks of UQ. You can follow her on instagram @glendamahoney_art *

About Campus beautification

UQ's beautiful campuses showcase Australia's wildlife and rich biodiversity intermingled with our teaching and research facilities.

We're very proud of our grounds and like to keep our environment looking its best with regular groundskeeping as well as special events to target specific areas.

Throughout the year we have a series of landcare, clean up, tree plantings and bush care regeneration activities drawing groups of volunteers.

All are welcome including staff, students and the broader community.  Come and join us at our next event!



Meet at the corner of Sir William McGregor Drive and Thynne Road, St Lucia.