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

At a time when reusable coffee cups are a no-go and whipping out single-use items like masks and sanitised wipes has become the norm, we need you more than ever.

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, staff and members of the local community are invited to help clear rubbish along the riverbank at St Lucia. You are welcome to volunteer for just 15 minutes or for the entire two hours,  whatever works best for you.

Bring a water bottle and gloves (we’ll provide these for anyone who can’t bring them).

Get a team together

Clean Up Australia Day is a great opportunity to get a small group of your friends, family or work colleagues together and give back to your community.

Come into campus half an hour early on Friday 5th March and meet us on the corner of Sir William McGregor Drive and Thynne Road, St Lucia.


How to register

Register you and your team here by clicking 'Join this Site'.

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. 

Closed shoes and sun protection are essential.

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, and UQ GEMs.

Covid safety protocols

To ensure the health and safety of you: our volunteers, and of the broader community, we will be following Covid safe protocols. Details of these protocols can be found here.  

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.