Outrage at littering in Queensland bush
NATIONAL litter-busting organisation Keep Australia Beautiful has joined forces with four-wheel-drive enthusiasts ahead of the Easter holidays to voice outrage at the illegal dumping of rubbish along Australia's off-road tracks, bushland and camp grounds.
Keep Australia Beautiful chief executive officer Peter McLean said Queensland's volume of illegal dumping was below the national average, but the latest figures were worse than a couple of years ago.
"According to the KAB National Litter Index, of the 5.56l of litter per 1000 sq m in Queensland in 2013/14, 0.32l was illegally dumped items such as mattresses, children's toys, cupboards, fish tanks and other large items," Mr McLean said.
"It's a marked increase from 0.21l two years ago and is cause for concern," he said.
"Littering of any persuasion is a crime but illegal dumping is particularly offensive because it often occurs in and around bushland which is our country's most precious natural asset."
Four-wheel drive clubs across the country have got behind the holiday message and have called for illegal dumpers to be punished.