Beach party mess has Little Cove locals fuming about daily clean ups
LITTLE Cove residents have had a gutful of cleaning up holiday-makers mess on one of Noosa’s most desirable beaches.
A local resident and regular beach walker who did not wish to be named said she came across two other locals cleaning up smashed glass and rubbish after yet another party around a campfire.
She said First Point was “a mess of smashed glass” and “sadly the high tide would have taken a lot out to sea”.
“This is happening each night (of holidays),” she said.
“People are going to say ‘of course you’re going to blame the school kids and the backpackers and the tourists’, but I’m sorry that’s who it is.
“The residents go down and clean it up. They are so protective of the area.
“Nobody else is taking much notice of it. There are at least five residents that go down there and clean up the mess and clean up the whole Little Cove area.”
The woman said “it would not hurt” for police on patrol to do a check there each night.
“When they drive past they must surely see a massive campfire.
“Another solution would be to get one of the council (local laws) officers do I, but it’s very hard to get council to work out of hours.”
The woman has reported the matter to the council with a photo of the rubbish.
“If this heralds the start of the school holidays we need some help from council as there are not enough residents to do these clean ups,” she said.
She said none of this campfire aftermath mess happens outside of the holidays.
Council community services acting director Ash Saward said council would conduct regular patrols in the Little Cove area in an effort to curb the recent irresponsible behaviour.
Council staff would attend Little Cove today to determine whether there is any need for further clean-up assistance.
“We certainly acknowledge and thank local residents for their efforts in cleaning up the litter, but it is disappointing to see such irresponsible and illegal behaviour by some beachgoers,” he said.
“Lighting fires on a beach is illegal and carries hefty fines, particularly with the current fire ban in place across Noosa,” Mr Saward said.
“It’s impossible for our staff to be on-site 24 hours a day, so at times we rely on our community to be the eyes and ears in tackling littering. Local Police have been notified to assist with after-hours patrols.
If residents observe any issues they are encouraged to report matters directly to council, so we can respond appropriately.” Mr Saward said.
This can do done directly to council’s customer service centre or online via the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s website — https://report-littering-dumping.ehp.qld.gov.au.