Im­por­tant mes­sage from ‘Wild­man’

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: Craig Warhurst

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.

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