Our dump disgrace has Cr Joe hopping mad after big clean up
THIS year's Clean Up Australia Day collections have highlighted what a local blight illegal dumping has become on the Noosa Biosphere.
The annual collection coordinator and Noosa councillor Joe Jurisevic said of the staggering 28.5 tonnes collected on March 2, almost 22 tonnes was taken from Ringtail Creek Forest area.
Cr Jurisevic said the overall mass of rubbish was collected from 30 sites by a record 660 volunteers across the Noosa Region and had left CUAD organisers Noosa Integrated Catchment Association and the volunteer team "coming to terms with the vast volume of dumped rubbish and litter collected".
He said 7.16 tonnes of waste was collected from across 29 community-based sites cleaned - the second biggest haul collected to date.
"It shows that littering and dumping is still an issue that the community needs to come to terms with," Cr Jurisevic said.
The councillor said the Ringtail Creek area has been an "illegal dumping hot spot for years" and the March 2 haul "shows just how extensive the problem of illegal dumping has become locally and how complacent some people are when it comes to taking responsibility for the waste that we humans generate".
Cr Jurisevic said the clean-up at this site came after the forest manager, HQ Plantations, told a public meeting forestry tracks had to be closed off to vehicular access to prevent further illegal dumping and protect the public that walk and ride the trails in the forests.