Boys wade in to clear the waters

CLEAN-UP: Mt Clear College students Kenny Galvin, left, and Brayden Siemering with bags of rubbish they collected.HEAVY rains were welcomed by Ballarat residents and farmers last month.However, the downside was the extra rubbish washed into local waterways with the increased flows.The Ballarat YMCA Youth Group, Connect, has been doing its part to help clean up the waterways and along the Canadian Creek.The current group of boys are all from Mount Clear College and put in some solid work cleaning up the creek near their school in Olympic Ave.Plastic bottles, food wrappers, plastic bags, styrofoam, aluminium cans and glass bottles made up the bulk of the rubbish collected.To continue the work of beautifying the area, the boys also de-bagged and de-staked some of the established trees along the creek, and restored vandalised new plantings.”It is fantastic to see young people taking such an interest and putting in the hard worke,” YMCA youth development officer Wallace Martin said.”A local resident walked by while the boys were getting rubbish out of the creek and thanked them for the work they were doing.”The boys have found it very rewarding.”The Connect program involves young people who have been identified by teachers or the youth worker at their school as somebody who would benefit from being given the opportunity to connect with the broader community through a series of group activities.These include environmental work, recreational activities and visits to community organisations such as Red Cross or St Vincent de Paul.Earlier in the year students from Ballarat Secondary College took part in the program, helping farmers rebuild fences after the bushfires swept through their properties.They worked with Blazeaid to help dig post holes in difficult rocky terrain, and were commended for their hard work.
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