After a week of thunderstorms and torrential rain, the skies cleared for our Community Connections ‘Clean Up Australia Day’.
55 students piled onto our party bus as we headed to the world famous Bondi Beach to help make it stay beautiful by picking up litter and rubbish as part of the ‘Clean Up’ Australia tradition.
Local Member for Parliament Gabriella Upton as well as Federal Minister Malcolm Turnbull showed their support by welcoming our students and giving them a bit of a history lesson about the iconic area.
Minister Upton spoke about why it is so important for our next generation to keep our beaches clean and promote sustainability and care for the environment where possible.
She also encouraged continual involvement of UTS students in their local community, praising the efforts of the students who are studying in a variety of faculties at UTS and came from over 10 different countries!
“It’s fantastic to see so many students not only keen to take in a beautiful and famous Australian location, but also passionate about keeping it clean!” she said.
Student volunteers were joined by staff Stephanie Lorenzo and Caitlin Ramrakha who felt privileged to spend the day with so many students.
“The weather made us quite nervous leading up to the event, yet the enthusiasm of all the students made it a day not to be missed! We can’t wait for the next Community Connections event” said Caitlin.
The day was simply stunning as students enjoyed a BBQ lunch, hit the sparkling and crisp water and explored the boutique shopping gems before being bussed back to UTS!
UTS Community Connections is a new program at UTS aimed to connect new International Students with their local community through various volunteering and social activities. It also provides international students with the opportunity to meet with friendly local students who are passionate about helping new students make the most of their time at UTS and in Australia.
To join upcoming UTS Community Connections events please go to our website and register your interest –