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Cleaning Up

  • Evans Lookout 394 Evans Lookout Rd Blackheath, NSW, 2785 Australia (map)

Clean Up Australia Day at Evans Lookout and nearby walking tracks in the Blue Mountains.

Join the Hike Out crew for a productive and enjoyable day in Blackheath, as we help to clean up our natural environment. This day will suit people of all ages and fitness levels, with activities available from easy to challenging and always with safety the first priority. We will search high and low, collecting rubbish from popular, high-volume visitor areas like Evans Lookout, Cliff Top track and Grand Canyon walk in Blue Mountains National Park.

Meet the Hike Out crew at the main lookout area, end of Evans Lookout Road. Please park off site and car-pool, or walk to avoid congestion. Use overflow carparks as a preference and put your hand up to collect people from Blackheath train station and drop them to our work area.

The formal briefing commences at 8:00am before we start work and all participants must have a briefing before starting work. The primary site supervisor for this activity is Rick Peterson (rick@hikeout.org)

Bring sturdy gardening gloves, footwear and other gear to assist with personal protection and safety. Don’t forget a wide-brim hat and sunscreen. If you’d like to help deliver collected rubbish to designated collection points, bring your large backpack, empty of gear and lined with a garbage bag.

We’ve invited Blue Mountains City Council and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to be involved with our day and to help remove the rubbish we collect.

Bring water, snacks and lunch, or head into Blackheath Village for an excellent variety of food and refreshments.

To participate, join our official page on Clean Up Australia website: https://cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Evans+Lookout. Also send an email to Rick (rick@hikeout.org) so that we are in contact before and during the event.

When participant numbers become clear, we will arrange into groups, each with a supervisor and finalise the areas for our work. We may be able to arrange for experienced abseilers and rock climbers to collect rubbish from difficult to access locations, over cliff edges and similar. Yell out if this sounds like you!

With strong participation, we can investigate arranging a BBQ and refreshments onsite and other ideas to make our day extra great.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
• Keep Sunday 4 March free and plan your travel to Blackheath.
• Sign up for Clean Up Australia Day on the official website - https://cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Evans+Lookout
• Email Rick (rick@hikeout.org) and provide contact details.
• Mention existing medical conditions like asthma, allergies or diabetes before the day.
• Be at the meeting location ready for our briefing at 8:00am.
• Let someone know your plans and when you expect to be back.
• Bring equipment appropriate for the day’s activity, including;
- Sturdy gardening gloves
- Footwear - closed toe work or hiking boots
- Appropriate clothing
- Eye protection, hi-vis vest, other personal protection gear
- Selection of spare clothing, warm jacket etc.
- Plenty of fresh drinking water
- Lunch supplies and snacks
- Wide brim hat and sunscreen
- First aid, camera, medications and any other gear.

It is up to each person to be prepared, on time and ready for work. We undertake this activity as members of the community, each accepting the personal risks involved. We watch out for each other and focus on everyone having a safe, enjoyable day. We understand that no personal accident insurance cover is provided.

MORE INFO:
Clean Up Australia Day - Official Hike Out page
https://cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Evans+Lookout

Clean Up Australia Day - FAQ
https://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/about/faq

NPWS: Evans Lookout
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/evans-lookout

Blue Mountains City Council - Clean Up Australia Day
https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/sustainableliving/environmentalinformation/cleanupaustraliaday/

This event is planned for members of Hike Out, the friendly, diverse and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts where everyone is always welcome. Find out more at http://www.hikeout.org/

Earlier Event: February 11
Twister & Rocky Creek