Important message from ‘Wildman’
THE man behind an online rant about vandalism on the Glass House Mountains has spoken out after going viral for his colourful video.
Damian “Wildman” Duffy started his Facebook page Wildman Adventures to share his experiences in nature with the world.
“I do a few crazy things here and there, jumping off cliffs into water and all that sort of jazz, but a lot of it is environmental awareness and just cool animal videos,” he said.
The professional wildlife photographer received a lot of attention online this week for his video rant about environmental vandalism on the top of Mount Ngungun.
“It’s a very natural place, a lot of natural beauty. But some people decide that that is not enough and they have to leave their f***ing mark on the landscape,” he said in the video.
“Some f***wits have decided to bring a battery-powered angle grinder up here and grind their f***ing names into the rock.
Mr Duffy addressed the vandals in the video, telling them to “grow a brain” and have respect for where they were.
A Department of Environment and Science spokesperson said Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service took the vandalism of protected areas very seriously, and strong penalties applied.
Mount Ngungun is a spiritually significant site to the Kabi Kabi people, and the DES spokesperson said it was “disappointing” that some visitors failed to see the long-term impacts that their actions could have on a natural area.
Mr Duffy said people should have more respect and leave natural environments as they found them for future generations to enjoy.
“Take some photos, make some memories, and then bugger off home,” he said.
WILD MAN: Damian “Wildman” Duffy is upset at vandals on top of Mount Ngungun. He says people should have more respect and enjoy the natural environment for what it is.