TIDY Up Taree Day is gaining momentum and attracting support from a broad cross-section of the Manning Valley community.
Annabelle Robb of Oxley Island is just 17-years-old and one of the first people to commit their time to the event on Saturday, November 30.
More than six decades Annabelle's senior, is 85-year-old Albert Joyce of Taree and he is set to work at Taree Central for the next four weeks to promote the event and recruit volunteers.
Tidy Up Taree Day is an initiative of local businessman, Graham Brown and designed to help businesses, particularly in the central business district (CBD) of Taree to project a better image to the community.
According to Mr Brown, the initial objective of Tidy Up Taree Day was to focus on the two main CBD blocks in Taree and to "encourage businesses to improve the image of their buildings and work with council to spruce up public areas."
"However, residents have come forward with a growing list of ideas ranging from clearing litter from roadsides between Taree and Old Bar, to looking at our industrial areas, as well as Chatham and Cundletown - even establishing worm farms to aid recycling," Mr Brown said.
"It's all possible but at the end of the day what can be achieved will only be limited by the number of volunteers who come forward."
Annabelle Robb is one of the first volunteers to come commit her time to the day. A self-confessed environmentalist and animal lover, she sees Tidy Up Taree Day as an ideal opportunity to help clean up the roadside litter that she sees virtually every day of the week along Old Bar Road.
"I care for nature and people are showing no respect for our environment," Annabelle said.
"We live in a great part of Australia but littering is a growing problem."
Annabelle hopes to enlist fellow St Clare's High School students and friends to help clear litter from Old Bar Road, in the vicinity of the Manning Point Road intersection plus neighbouring roads.
Mr Joyce won't be part of Annabelle's roadside clean-up team but will be working to recruit an army of volunteers in the lead-up to the day.
A highly-developed sense of commitment to community prompted Mr Joyce to volunteer his time.
He has been a member of six Rotary clubs across the world and involved in many fundraising activities.
He has started his new Tidy Up Taree Day "job", working a volunteer information stand at Taree Central in a bid to drum up volunteers.
Mr Brown said the Tidy Up Taree Day website, www.tidyuptaree.com.au will allow people to easily sign-up to help. Visit the site, click on the 'Register Your Interest to Volunteer' tab and provide the requested contact information. He said people who wished to join Annabelle's roadside clean-up team would also need to write 'Annabelle's Team' in the comment field.