10,000 items of rubbish
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