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Lisa Bickley cleaning up the Geraldton-Mt Magnet Road in Karloo.
Camera IconLisa Bickley cleaning up the Geraldton-Mt Magnet Road in Karloo. Credit: Geoff Vivian, The Geraldton Guardian

People driving along the Geraldton-Mt Magnet Road through Karloo on Sunday, September 29, noticed a growing line of orange plastic bags left by volunteers picking up rubbish.

Geraldton resident Lisa Bickley is inviting volunteers to join herself and Bob Taylor for this regular event and thanked everyone who had already inquired.

“People just say how therapeutic it is. If you enjoy anything to do with gardening the motivation to get out early is beautiful,” she said.

“You are out in nature ... serving nature with a beautiful purpose.”

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She said they had regular clean-ups on Main Roads and City of Greater Geraldton property.

About once a fortnight they concentrate on Main Roads under the Keep Australia Beautiful banner.

This is open to anyone 16 years or older and registration forms are available from Ms Bickley.

“You are out there until 10.30, then you are home,” she said. “It is quite addictive, you just want to go back and finish the job.”

On the first Saturday of the month they tidy city streets in Geraldton.

“Anyone 10 years and over can register with the City. The City provides the bags,” she said.

She began doing clean-ups to support Mr Taylor, who’d been doing the same for 27 years.

“I want him to know there are younger people who will follow through,” she said.

“My ultimate dream is it becomes a second nature for everyone to do it.”

Ms Bickley is contactable via email at Lbic444@gmail.com.

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