Bushland litter worries residents in Spring Gully

SPRING Gully residents say the amount of waste being dumped beside One Tree Hill Road is a growing concern and have called for new measures to combat littering in the area.

Cynthia Ryan said her bushwalking group recently collected six shopping bags full of rubbish during a walk along the road.

Mrs Ryan said most of the rubbish was packaging that was either thrown out of car windows or discarded by people eating at picnic tables.

It followed a similar campaign to raise awareness of the growing amount of rubbish being dumped in the Whipstick forest.

The “Care For The Whipstick” Facebook page was set up in May and had received a huge response from people saying they had noticed a rise in waste materials, domestic, biological and hard rubbish in the bushland area.

Mrs Ryan said there were no bins in the bush beside One Tree Hill Road because the area was a national park, but said alternative receptacles for rubbish should be considered.

“You’re meant to take your rubbish away with you but a lot of locals might not know that,” she said.

 “But there’s more that’s being thrown out of people’s car windows as they drive past.”

Illegal dumping, littering and any activity potentially harmful to the environment can be reported to the 24-hour EPA pollution hotline on 1300 372 842. 

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