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Enjoying the bush, litter-free

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Carl Moller

Litter Ambassador Carl Moller is supporting the ‘Bin It — You know it’s right!’ campaign to reduce the impact of litter in Bundaberg region’s bushland and parks. He said it’s best to assume that there won’t be bins at many bushwalking and camping locations so be prepared to take care of your own rubbish.

Getting out of town and into the bush these school holidays is a wonderful way to relax and get away from your every-day world. It’s something Litter Ambassador Carl Moller likes to do as often as he can, be it bushwalking and birdwatching, canoeing or camping, and the last thing he wants to see is rubbish left by others.

“It makes no sense to go to a beautiful place with abundant wildlife and to leave litter behind,” he said. “You can count on it being there to spoil your next visit. The answer is as simple as ‘carry it in and carry it out’.”

“Keeping rubbish secure on a bush walk is usually easy with empty packets just going back into the backpack or cooler bag you brought them in,” said Mr Moller. “Managing rubbish on a camping trip presents a few more challenges though and requires some planning.” Read More

Keep rubbish in the car

By | Roadside Litter | No Comments
Litter Ambassador Trish Garrad and Year 4 student Hamish Haase want to see the litter band around Bundaberg disappear. They are supporting the Bin It — You know it's right! campaign to reduce roadside littering.

Litter Ambassador Trish Garrad and Year 4 student Hamish Haase want to see the litter band around Bundaberg disappear. They are supporting the Bin It — You know it’s right! campaign to reduce roadside littering.

Travelling along the roads through rural Queensland there is such beauty and diversity in our landscapes, but on the approach to most regional towns travellers drive through a band of roadside litter comprised mostly of food and drink packaging.

This litter band encircles regional towns like Bundaberg, often peaking on the left hand side of the road in the 5 km zone on the outskirts of town in any direction. There are also hot spots observed where travellers congregate at key intersections or laybys.

Bin It — You know it’s right! Litter Ambassador and school teacher Trish Garrad knows children observe this phenomenon and can be influenced to take positive action. “At school we encourage students to think about food packaging and the amount of rubbish created just in one lunchtime at school,” she said. Read More

Bin It – You know it’s right! Bundaberg

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Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Jack Dempsey (seated, right) and Cr Bill Trevor (seated, left) with Litter Ambassadors Trish Garrad (standing, left) and Anne Whalley (seated, centre) and BMRG project officer, Jacinta Jowett (standing, right), kick off the 'Bin It – You know it's right' awareness campaign in Bundaberg. The only place for rubbish is in the bin, so let's do everything we can to stop our rubbish becoming litter.

Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Jack Dempsey (seated, right) and Cr Bill Trevor (seated, left) with Litter Ambassadors Trish Garrad (standing, left) and Anne Whalley (seated, centre) and BMRG project officer, Jacinta Jowett (standing, right), kick off the ‘Bin It – You know it’s right’ awareness campaign in Bundaberg. The only place for rubbish is in the bin, so let’s do everything we can to stop our rubbish becoming litter.

It seems that a little litter can go a long way to polluting towns, beaches and countryside in the Bundaberg region. A thin layer of litter across the region is unsightly for residents and tourists, and  represents a real threat to our environment.

Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Jack Dempsey said occurrences of littering and illegal dumping were an unfortunate reality throughout the region.

“These thoughtless acts are not only damaging to our environment but are also eroding the great lifestyle we enjoy here in the Bundaberg region,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“Some of our best assets are the unique natural areas, welcoming parks and pristine waterways where littering and illegal dumping is occurring. By leaving rubbish in these areas we are threatening the future of our natural environment and detracting from the visual amenity of the region.”

Mayor Dempsey urged residents to make some changes and to do everything possible to stop rubbish becoming litter. Read More