Why more needs to be done to stop Teewah’s litter bugs
A NOOSA mum believes more needs to be done to deter campers from leaving rubbish along Teewah Beach.
Nicole Robinson was disappointed after a recent day trip to Double Island Point left her and her family stopping to pick up what other had left behind.
“We went up for a surf and spotted rubbish on our way home.”
“The worst part was it was all over the place and there was toilet paper and broken glass.”
“We couldn’t get it all, it was all through the grass and sand.”
M Robinson said talking to next door campers, it was a group of young people who had left that morning.
“The message is just not going in,” she said.
The family often collect rubbish and her husband had only been up the beach the weekend before where he filled up his 4WD and trailer with litter.
Her two sons, who run their own charity Our Oceans Future, had also been heavily involved with local Clean Up Australia day efforts.
Ms Robinson said she believed more should be done to stop these repeat offenders, which unfortunately may come at a cost to those doing the right thing.
“I’d suggest they number campsites so rangers can track down these culprits or increase the cost of camping,” she said.
“It’s sad because the minority are going to destroy it for the majority.”
“We also need an increase of rangers and police patrols, particularly towards the end of the day when people are coming home.”
A Department of Environment and Science spokesperson said a large amount of funding and resources were invested into rubbish collection activities and enforcement of littering offences throughout Cooloola Recreation Area.
“Rangers monitor rubbish levels and rubbish related problems while undertaking regular camping related patrols on Teewah Beach.”
“Fifteen industrial bins have been placed strategically at four sites within the 15km camping zone on Teewah Beach.”
“On-the-spot fines start at $130 and can be issued by QPWS rangers.”
Rubbish is collected daily during peak periods but less frequently during the low season.