MEMBERS of the Jamboree Residents Association, as well as volunteers from the local community, have taken to the streets to clean up their suburb in a bid to help defend their title as Brisbane's Spotless Suburb.
Jamboree Residents Association president Wayne Williams said the group had joined with Keep Queensland Beautiful and other local businesses to ensure they retained the top spot.
"The common goal is to remove unwanted weed species from the retention basin of the Mt Ommaney Creek behind the shopping centre and revegetate with native species of trees and plants," he said.
"Basically we will be attempting to convert this environmental wasteland project site into a low maintenance nature strip that will be flora and fauna friendly for humans, birds and animals. Without the assistance of the volunteers from Keep Queensland Beautiful, this project would not have commenced.
"These dedicated volunteers provide upwards of 60 man hours per month and have grown to enjoy the various facets of environmental activities while at the same time experiencing working as a team and employment training."
Keep Queensland Beautiful's organisational development director David Curtin said: "By investing in our environmental and natural resources now, we can ensure Queensland's track record of being the worst littered mainland state is on the upward for an improved result in the National Litter Index.
"Key clean-up and revegetation projects like the Mt Ommaney retention basin can only have a positive impact on the local environment, and our partnership with the Jamboree Residents Association has allowed our community crew, which is mainly made up of long-term unemployed participants, gain much needed job placement skills, training and confidence."