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Wollongong City Council

Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine is our longest-running environmental clean-up program. It was established in 1986.

Rise & Shine aims to increase pride in our city. It encourages the community to take part in a range of activities to improve our local environment, which helps to increase residents' quality of life, both now and for future generations.

Key parts of the Rise & Shine campaign include:

The Spring Clean Up Program

Each spring, volunteer community groups and individuals pitch in to remove rubbish from public areas like parks, creeks and beachfront reserves. Rubbish collected by the volunteers is removed by Council staff or waste contractors who support the program by providing bins.

In 2020, our Spring Clean Ups will be held at:

  • Puckey's Estate, North Wollongong / Fairy Meadow, on Sunday 13 September
  • Lake Illawarra on Sunday 1 November.

Register your group to take part, and make sure you read our clean up guide, which includes important safety information and COVID-19 guidelines.

Schools Environmental Improvement Competition

The Rise & Shine schools competition encourages local students to develop environmental management plans, and use innovative strategies to improve the environment. Cash prizes are available, thanks to competition sponsors BlueScopeWIN Community Partners. Visit our Rise & Shine Schools Competition page for details and to enter.

For more information on Rise & Shine, email or call us on (02) 4227 7111.

Information for Rise and Shine Groups

Read our Rise & Shine Clean Up Guide for tips on how to stay safe while you're volunteering.

If you’re part of a Rise and Shine group, here are some handy links:

When you report a clean up you'll be asked to attach a list of participants. Use the template below, attach it to your clean up report. Each person listed will be entered in our lucky draw for a chance to win prizes donated by local businesses.

Rise & Shine participant list template DOCX, 597.84 KB

Upcoming Rise and Shine Events

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