Volunteers needed

Volunteers needed

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Civic pride action group volunteers Graeme and Don provide a vital service to City of Armadale residents but now they need some more help. Photograph — Matt Devlin.
Civic pride action group volunteers Graeme and Don provide a vital service to City of Armadale residents but now they need some more help. Photograph — Matt Devlin.

After almost a decade in the job civic pride action group leader Don Winstanley was looking for new volunteers to help clean up the city.

The civic pride action group has been cleaning up graffiti around the City of Armadale for nine years and despite performing a vital service to graffiti removal and prevention their numbers were the lowest they had been in several years.

Mr Winstanley said the group had 12 members and while they managed to get to properties quickly they could work better with some more help.

“Everyone in the truck is in their 70s so it’s about time some of the younger ones come and give us a hand,” he said.

He said the work was very satisfying and volunteering was one of the most rewarding things he had done.

“I’ve been a volunteer with the Roleystone fire brigade since 1960 so I’ve been in it 55 years and I’ve been in this one for nine years,” he said.

“We’re just a group of people against vandalism.

“I joined because I got sick and tired of seeing graffiti all over the place, it’s rubbish we’re taking off, it’s people with marker pens and spray cans just writing rubbish on the walls.

“We clean up street signs, power poles and people’s fences, if people get it at their place all they have to do is ask us and we’ll come around and clean it.”

“We like to take the stuff off, we don’t like to see it sitting there, someone’s got to do it.

“The guys doing it are quite happy to do it, our wives call us the men’s shed on wheels.”

To join the civic pride action group visit www.armadale.wa.gov.au/volunteering or call the volunteer coordinator on 9394 5642.

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