Community group works towards a cleaner community

MARK Bartlett and Angela Knight are two locals who are on a mission in the Brighton municipality.

They have formed the Bridgewater/Gagebrook clean up group which is dedicated to cleaning up rubbish in the Bridgewater Gagebrook area, and already it’s showing signs of success.

Bridgewater:Gagebrook cleanup
One little lad is proud of his clean up efforts.
Bridgewater:Gagebrook clean up
Founds of the group, Mark Bartlett and Angela Knight whose aim is to clean up the rubbish from the streets and further beautify the local area.

Mark said that the state of the area came to his attention when he was walking around doorknocking for the Red Shield appeal.

“I noticed how much rubbish was on our streets and I wondered what I could do to help and make them cleaner and fix the problem.

“I’ve lived in Gagebrook nearly all my life and it also saddens me to hear what other people think of us.  But now I think it’s time to change and show everyone that we are not layabouts and that we care about where we live.

“We are proud of who we are and also of where we live and this is where we start.

“What I want to know is who’s with me and who will help me clean up our community?

“So I thought let’s get a group together where the community can work together to make our area look good again,” Mark said.

The group’s aim is to clean the rubbish from the streets and to further beautify the local area which they believe, in itself, will lose any perceived stigma about the Bridgewater and Gagebrook community.

And it’s already had some great success with local clean ups making a difference to a number of areas. All age groups of volunteers are taking part.

Mark said that not only is the group cleaning up the community but it is also giving locals a feeling of accomplishment.

“I think that is what is needed in our area and our community, to make people feel proud of themselves and where they live.  It really is an uplifting thing for them and if our Bridgewater/Gagebrook Clean up Group can do this, then we have achieved what we wanted to achieve,” Mark said.

You can follow the group’s activities or get involved by going to the Facebook page call Mark on 0439 118 946.

Mark particularly wants those who are on Facebook to share the page as much as possible with their friends, so please if you are a ‘Facebooker’, get on and share what they’re trying to do.  It’s a terrific initiative.