A strong crowd gathered to help out with the CBD clean-up day in Maryborough.
A strong crowd gathered to help out with the CBD clean-up day in Maryborough. NAT BROMHEAD

CBD sparkling after clean-up

LOTS of suds and elbow grease went into Maryborough CBD’s spit and polish yesterday in the clean-up that could become a regular event.

Pressure cleaners, cloths, a cherry picker, cobweb brooms, buckets, mops, ladders, scaffolding, sponges, squeegees, hoses, dusters, paint and wheelie bins were wielded by 70 to 80 volunteers to remove a layer of grit and grime from the CBD and leave it sparkling.

Daniel Sanderson, CBD Renewal Plan chairperson, said visitors to Maryborough’s business hub would probably most notice the clean footpaths and shopfronts.

“We couldn’t do it all in three hours but you can see a noticeable difference,” he said.

“The clean-up was great.”

Mr Sanderson said washing posts, cleaning bird poo off seats and tidying garden beds were among the tasks tackled by the volunteers between 8.30am and 11.30am yesterday.

He said there was a long way to go yet to revitalise the area but it was great to see the clean-up completed and successful.

Mr Sanderson said the CBD had been divided into nine zones for the spruce-up and teams made up of eight or nine people set to work when Maryborough’s cannon was fired to signal the start of the project.

The cannon was fired again at the end of the clean-up which was followed by a sausage sizzle lunch for all the helpers.

“It was just awesome to see groups working together in each street,” he said.

“It was just a buzz – every- one loved working together and helping each other.”

Mr Sanderson said another clean-up would happen next year, “if not before”.

“It’s definitely something that has the potential to grow and be a regular occurrence each year and sponsorship can come into it as well,” he said.

Mr Sanderson said the project was also designed to build community pride and spirit by “building that positive attitude in business again”.



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