The next island-wide Keep Phuket Clean effort
has been set for Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 15:00 in 28 different
locations around the island.
Organizers expect over 5,000 volunteers at
this month’s clean up and an even broader involvement from
Phuket’s schools, charitable organizations, construction industry
and local government. Future clean ups have been scheduled for the
first Thursday of every month till December 2009.
Last month’s Keep Phuket Clean effort saw
progress being achieved in new areas around the island.
fishing village on the south end of Bangtao which has been
dramatically cleaned up with the support of the staff at the
Amanpuri, will post signage and promote itself as the Bangtao Fish
market – the west coast’s only fresh daily fish market.
locations include a Chalong focus, expansion into Phuket Town and
the mangrove area of Kok Tanod. Importantly RPM, Boat Lagoon, Ao
Po area and Yacht Haven have all been involved and are making
plans to expand the coverage area.
“The community is
getting behind this campaign and seeing real improvement in beach
maintenance, public areas such as beach parking and there has been
concerted efforts by the local Or Bor Tor in each location to
improve waste management and support building public awareness,”
said Nick Anthony spokesperson for the Summer in Phuket campaign.
“The last three clean ups have been principally supported and co-ordinated
by the hotels and we seek now to broaden the involvement into the
community, and to continue to expand the monthly coverage. Phang
Nga province is joining us on the 6th and will start both Natai
Beach and Khao Lak regular cleanups. Phi Phi Island is also
starting their campaign.”
The Keep Phuket Clean community
outreach program’s goal, using education and private sector
support, is to make the Phuket residents, hotels, small businesses
and tourists more aware of the island’s fragile eco-system and the
impact that we have on its flora, fauna and surrounding waters and
The clean up
at all key areas are all scheduled to start at 15:00 on
Thursday, August 6, 2009. If the weather doesn’t cooperate the event will take
place the following day on August 7th. Until December the groups
will continue to meet every month, on the first Thursday of the
month: September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th and December 3rd.
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