10,000 items of rub­bish

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

MY HUS­BAND Ian and my­self are very for­tu­nate to live in the beau­ti­ful par­adise of Hy­de­away Bay just south of Mon­ties and Glouces­ter Eco re­sorts and whilst we ap­pre­ci­ate that oth­ers also en­joy the same beauty, we do have a prob­lem with the many peo­ple who abuse this won­der­ful part of God’s coun­try.

I walk the beach al­most ev­ery day and al­ways come home hav­ing picked up empty stub­bies, cans, plas­tic bot­tles, ba­bies nap­pies, bro­ken chairs, cloth­ing, bro­ken glass, plas­tic bags etc. and the whole beach area is used as a pub­lic toi­let, but even I draw the line at pick­ing up their used toi­let pa­per.

I es­ti­mate that over the past eight years I have picked up 10,000 items left be­hind by thought­less campers and pic­nick­ers.

Th­ese peo­ple do not ap­pear to be able to read the signs say­ing “Pri­vate Prop­erty”, “No Camp­ing”, “No Mo­torised Ve­hi­cles” and “No Fires”.

Two days out of seven this week I have put out bon­fires which had been left burn­ing af­ter the il­le­gal campers had de­parted.

To­day’s bon­fire had been started by cut­ting down a tree on the shore line, which when they left was still burn­ing, but for­tu­nately they had left be­hind a saucepan amongst other rub­bish, en­abling me to scoop up the sand to cover the burn­ing tree and stop the fire flar­ing out of con­trol.

The fire dan­ger at the mo­ment is ex­treme, what part of this don’t they un­der­stand.

We had a very bad fire near Montes Reef Re­sort last year, caused by il­le­gal campers light­ing a fire.

What do we have to do to stop th­ese id­iots spoil­ing “par­adise”? I won­der how they would feel if some­one else drove across their gar­den/prop­erty, set up camp, leav­ing all their garbage, fae­ces and a fire burn­ing.

This, in essence, is what the ma­jor­ity are do­ing and spoil­ing it for the mi­nor­ity.

I have met some lovely peo­ple on the beach who have the same love and re­spect for our beau­ti­ful area as we do and are shocked to see what is hap­pen­ing.

To wel­come visi­tors we have even placed two chairs just above the high tide line for peo­ple to re­lax and en­joy the tran­quil­lity.

Fi­nally, the tur­tles will be nest­ing shortly and this is en­dan­ger­ing their habi­tat i.e. plas­tic bags, fish­ing line and the like, not to men­tion the il­le­gal 4WDs who drive along the beach and through their nest­ing grounds. Th­ese same driv­ers have deemed it fit to make their own roads on to pri­vate prop­erty and the grounds of some of the blocks look like 4WD train­ing tracks.

Yes, OK, I am a whinge­ing Pom, but feel I have very good rea­sons to whinge.

Please, please just take your rub­bish away, re­spect our prop­er­ties and read the sig­nage, if you can. Sissy Bishop HY­DE­AWAY BAY

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