Bundaberg Four Wheel Drive Club participated in the annual Clean Up Australia Day and targeted areas such as Kinkuna camping zone.
The club joined in with volunteers at over 12,000 registered sites across the country to participate in the annual Clean Up Australia Day Campaign.
Clean Up Australia Day started almost 30 years ago by an “average Australian bloke” Ian Kiernan, who had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard has now become the nation’s largest community-based environmental event.
Over the events’ lifetime, more than 20 million Australians have donated their time as part of Clean Up Australia Day activities.
The Burrum Coast National Park, and in particular the Kinkuna camping zone, was the main area we targeted this year, as well as the main access tracks into the park.
In conjunction with the Department of Environment and Science rangers and the Bundaberg Regional Council, who had once again organised a skip bin close to the area for our use, Bundaberg Four Wheel Drive Club members picked up an estimated five cubic meters of rubbish from along the beach and camp zone.
The group found various items amongst the trees and along the beach, including sheets of corrugated iron, loads of loose bottles and cans, tyres, broken chairs and other assorted bits of broken camping gear.
The area seemed to have less general rubbish and although we would like to think people are changing their habits, it is probably the fact that other responsible campers are as upset with the conditions as we are and clean-up other people’s mess.
Being about 35km from Bundaberg, having campsites at the water’s edge and set among the she oaks, the area is popular with many four-wheel drivers.
Close proximity and easy access prove to be a lure for numerous day trippers and campers alike.
The camp zone has no facilities, so disposal of bodily waste is something that everyone needs to consider when using the park.
Once again, the items that stood out the most was the amount of toilet paper thrown on the ground, and baby wipes – which do not break down – strewn through the back tracks of the campsites.
Your toilet waste needs to be dealt with properly!
Take a shovel and bury your waste (the paper as well), better still take a portable toilet and dispose of the contents at the many dump points available closer to town.
Remember if you carry your gear in you can carry it out.
Such actions would go a long way to keeping popular areas like Kinkuna open and in the pristine state it should be, for all to enjoy.
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