Ian Kiernan, Clean Up Australia founder and yachtsman, dies aged 78

Ian Kiernan during a meeting at Hill End, NSW, to stop the controversial Macquarie River pipeline.

IAN Kiernan, an environmental campaigner who grew to fame for founding the Clean Up Australia campaign and as a yachtsman, has died aged 78 after being diagnosed with cancer in late July.

According to an article on the ABC website, Kiernan is survived by his wife Judy and two daughters Sally and Pip.

Clean Up Australia co-founder Kim McKay said Kiernan “lived life hard and lived it well”.

“It’s quite a shock to a lot of people because Ian was only diagnosed with the cancer [quite recently] and it took hold of him quite rapidly,” Ms McKay told the ABC.

“He was a larger than life figure, and when larger than life figures leave us in Australia there is a void.”

Clean Up Australia said its founder’s guidance and humour would be missed but “it was his greatest wish that the work he inspired continues”.

“Ian believed that Clean Up belongs to the millions of volunteers who have taken to their streets, beaches, parks, bushland and waterways to remove the rubbish that is bothering them,” the organisation said in a statement.

You can read the full article HERE.

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