Mike Johnson of Bundaberg Landcare with rubbish found dumped at Saltwater Creek. Photo Contributed
Mike Johnson of Bundaberg Landcare with rubbish found dumped at Saltwater Creek. Photo Contributed Contributed

Time to clean up our act

PRESIDENT of Bundaberg Landcare Mike Johnson is calling for the community to be more mindful when it comes to dumping waste.

Mr Johnson has raised the issue of illegal dumping of rubbish in the region after spending time at Saltwater Creek for an environmental project.

"Presently I am supervising a work for benefits team on an environmental project in conjunction with the Salvos, Jobfind and Council to revegetate and clear noxious weeds from the site," he said.

"We have been working down at Saltwater Creek and the amount of rubbish we have come across is disgusting."

Mr Johnson said trails of dog faeces in plastic bags have been found in the bush and on the waters edge along with other rubbish.

"People treat bushland like a dump site. They just don't care," he said.

"The fact that people are throwing plastic bags of dog doo into the creek is mind boggling- that stuff will flow into the Burnett River and end up in the ocean where you swim."

Just last week, Mr Johnson said he reported someone to the Council for throwing a bag of rubbish into the bushland.

"A guy pulled up in his car and just threw the rubbish out like it was a tip," he said.

"There is no reason why you can't hold on to your rubbish and dispose of it in an appropriate manner when you get home. It is pretty straight forward."

A Council spokesperson said while Saltwater Creek is a concern, there a number of other sites that are on the critical list.

"Council takes a serious view of all incidents of illegal dumping and recognises the adverse impact on waterways and the environment as well as the ongoing cost to ratepayers through clean up costs," the spokesperson said.

Mr Johnson said part of his work at Saltwater Creek aimed to get the Saltwater Creek area thriving again.

"We are removing big weed species of trees and planting over 250 new trees at the creek in order to regenerate the bush," he said.

"It's all about taking back some ownership to the community of what is a quite unique piece of bushland and keeping it clean and free of rubbish is a big part of that."
 



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