Community groups, local and state government staff are uniting to join forces this Clean Up Australia Day at Lake Cathie.
Volunteers have been allocated cleaning zones across the area to maximise coverage of the event from 8am to noon on Sunday, March 7.
Lake Cathie Progress Association, Lake Cathie Landcare, Coastal Warriors Mid North Coast, Shalise's Ocean Support, Lake Cathie Bonny Hills Lions Club, Lake Cathie Community Hall and Gardens, NSW National Parks & Wildlife, Department of Planning, Industry & Environment and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council have all signed on to the cause.
Community group, Revive Lake Cathie has coordinated the event and is joined by OzFish Lake Cathie.
A number of local sporting clubs and businesses are also taking part, said event organiser and RLC boardmember Kate Aston.
"We are breaking up into groups and each group has an area allocated to spread the love around.," Ms Aston.
"We here supporting the community, making sure the area is clean and tidy. If there are more groups working together it helps people get to know each other and lessens the load on any single group.
"The level of rubbish isn't too bad at the moment but we are concerned that a lot of rubbish has been washed into waterways by the recent heavy rains. Certainly on the road from Lake Cathie to Port Macquarie there is a lot of rubbish thrown from vehicles."
Lake Cathie Landcare president Peter Fitzroy said the area has historically had a problem with rubbish.
"Historically the area has a lot of rubbish. We do come across beer bottles stamped 1947 and litter has been a problem for a long time," Mr Fitzroy said.
"We also see a lot of people inappropriately disposing of dog waste by throwing little bags into the bush. We will be on the look out for those.
"The idea of getting everyone together is an important development for this event."
Members of the public can register for Clean Up Australia Day at the Revive Lake Cathie's website www.revivelakecathie.com.au or sign in at the foreshore reserve at 8am.
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