John cleans up awards

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Over the past decade, most local residents will have seen John Shoobridge OM and his sheepdog Spot walking the streets of Granton, Austins Ferry and Claremont, picking up the litter left behind by careless drivers.

Mr Shoobridge, a retired farmer from the Ouse area who now lives at Claremont, walks as far as 10 kilometres each morning, in all types of weather.

He estimates he collects a full bag of rubbish roughly every kilometre.

“I try to go every morning, if I haven’t got another engagement,” he said.

“I’ve come from a rural background, and when I came down to the urban environment I saw litter all over the place and thought, ‘I’m going to have to do something about that’, for the environment and aesthetically.

“It’s a tripartite arrangement – it keeps me fit and active, it keeps the dog fit and active, and picking up the rubbish does a bit for the environment.”

Several years ago, Mr Shoobridge conducted a one-man clean-up of the waterfront area at Beedhams Bay. He also works to control weeds in local parks and waterways, and has even been spotted cleaning gutters and nature strips and whipper-snipping along the train line.

Mr Shoobridge’s commitment to making the northern suburbs a better place was recently recognised at the Glenorchy City Council’s Volunteer and Community Awards, where he was named the 2023 Local Hero of the Year.

Mr Shoobridge’s service to the community was also recognised by the Rotary Club of Claremont, which presented him with a commemorative plaque – made by the Men’s Shed of Claremont – to thank him for his dedication in keeping local roads free of litter.
“It was an honour – it humbles you a little to know that your peers are judging you that way,” he said of the awards.

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