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Help stop illegal rubbish dumping

Monday 19 August, 2013

Parks Victoria would like to thank the group of walkers who reported a large load of rubbish dumped in Wattle Point Natural Features Reserve last week. Wattle Point is located along the shores of Lake Victoria.

The group who regularly walk in the reserve notified Parks staff shortly after spotting the pile of household waste and building materials. It was cleaned up and taken to the tip by Parks Victoria staff the next day.

Ranger Matt Holland says rubbish dumping in parks and reserves creates much more than just aesthetic issues and hurts both the environment and wildlife.

 “Dumped rubbish can have very damaging effects on native animals. They can be poisoned by eating it, cut by glass and sharp pieces, or die from being tangled up and injured”.

“Our staff patrol this area regularly and we’ll be on the lookout for anyone dumping rubbish in it or any other local parks,” says Matt Holland.

“The local tip is only 15km away and our time and money could be better spent rather than cleaning up after those who can’t be bothered to do the right thing with their rubbish. People found dumping rubbish in parks or reserves will be prosecuted.”

The staff at the Bairnsdale office of Parks Victoria would like to hear from anyone who sees people dumping rubbish in parks and reserves. All information supplied will be treated anonymously.

 

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