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Australian Sailing Celebrates Sustainability Month with the ‘Great Spring Clean’

Sustainability Month to Highlight Importance of Clean Practice in Sailing

Throughout 2023 Australian Sailing is spotlighting specific themes that the sailing community has noted are important to them.

Every second month they have focused on a specific theme that aligns with the Strategic Foundations from their 10-year Strategic Plan ‘SAILING 2032’, with Diversity and Inclusion (February), Volunteers (May) and Participation (July) featured already this year.

This September, Australian Sailing is shining the spotlight on sustainability in sailing, and the innovative ways in which clubs, class associations and other affiliated organisations are reducing their environmental impact. Throughout the month, Australian Sailing will share resources and showcase the work of one of our Supported Organisations, Clean Up Australia.

The Australian SailGP Team has a sustainability focus.

With the ocean, lakes and rivers as our playground, sailing and the environment are intrinsically connected. No matter the size of the action, each and every person or organisation can make a positive impact on the environment by adjusting practices with a focus on sustainability.

Over the course of the month, Australian Sailing will highlight internal and external resources, as well as showcase sustainability-focused stories from around the nation.

If you have a sustainability initiative at your club or class association that you would like to share and potentially see featured on the Australian Sailing social media channels, they would love to hear from you! Please contact Australian Sailing at with a relevant image and short blurb about your project and they will be in touch.

Winners of the 2022 Australian Sailing Sustainability Award, the Marine Environment Committee from Fremantle Sailing Club, is very active within its local community.

Join them this September as they celebrate and highlight environmental sustainability within sailing. Ensure you and your club don’t miss any updates by following Australian Sailing on Facebook here.

Australians are being urged to put the ‘great’ back into the great outdoors

As it’s Sustainability Month at Australian Sailing, they would like to highlight one of our Supported Organisations, Clean Up Australia, and their new campaign for September, the ‘Great Spring Clean’.

Australians are being urged to put the “great” back in to the great outdoors and sign up for a Great Spring Clean event.

Pip Kiernan, Chair of Clean Up Australia said many Australians are concerned about the environment but feel frustrated and unsure how to make a positive impact. “We know our country’s environmental challenges go far beyond one day and the Great Spring Clean is another chance for Aussies to do some good – to get out there and take practical action before the heat of summer hits.

“Spring cleaning our homes is an annual ritual for so many people – so we’re encouraging whole communities to get out and clean up their local environments this month,” Ms Kiernan said.

Registration is free, and participants receive a free Clean Up kit, containing gloves and bags and other resources, with packs for individuals, families, and community groups available (businesses are asked to pay a small fee to cover costs).

Kiernan said the Australian environment was facing unprecedented pressure. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen severe bushfires, cyclones and floods, and increased pressures on our biodiversity and an ever-growing volume of waste leaking into our natural and marine environment.”

Per capita, Australia is now one of the biggest generators of single-use plastic waste – ahead of the United States. Our country’s waste challenges continue to grow, and our plastic pollution problem is worsening. Australia produces 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste each year, equating to 100 kg per person. Of this, only 13% of plastic is recovered and 84% is sent to landfill. More concerningly, around 130,000 tonnes of the plastic we consume leaks into the marine environment each year. By 2025 it is predicted that 99% of seabirds worldwide will have ingested plastic.

Clean Up Australia provides free resources and materials to communities, schools and youth groups all year round, supporting Australians everywhere clean up, fix up and conserve the environment.

What: Great Spring Clean

When: September 2023

Who: Everyone is welcome – friends, family, kids, community groups, work colleagues

How: Register at

Click here to join or register for an event!

To access Clean Up Australia’s various resources, including a Clean Up Event Kit to get you started, click here.

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