Beau Ryan knows Shellharbour City’s sports fields.
The former NRL star and Footy Show personality grew up in Albion Park where he played rugby league and cricket.
While today his name is synonymous with rugby league, as a 15-year-old it was cricket that gave him his first newspaper headline when in a game at Des King Oval, Ryan took eight wickets without conceding a run in one of the most remarkable spells of bowling seen in junior cricket.
On Tuesday, Shellharbour City Council announced Ryan would once again have a presence across the city’s sports grounds, this time as part of a sports field waste disposal campaign to be rolled out later this year.
The words ‘‘Beau knows where it goes’’ will be highlighted on bin signage that accompanies his image to encourage people to place rubbish in the correct bins at events and sports competitions.
The program aims to reallocate 90 per cent of waste generated at sport events by diverting all recyclable materials from red waste bins into yellow bins in the Shellharbour City area.
On Tuesday 560 students from Shellharbour schools took part in a showcase of council services at Blackbutt Reserve as part of Local Government Week, with Ryan delighting the students with a surprise visit.
Activities on the day included environmental workshops, road safety, interactive storytelling, building a beach, pool safety, an ‘‘archaeological’’ dig, art projects, crime prevention and youth services activities.
‘‘This event celebrates the broad scope of projects and activities that form part of council’s services that are most relevant to our younger residents,’’ Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said.