26 September 2023

Call for campers to pack up rubbish

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The Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is calling on visitors to the State’s national parks to leave no trace, following reports of rubbish dumped in parks and along roadside locations.

Executive Director for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Mike Williams said people were being asked to be responsible, respect other campers, wildlife and the environment.

“While most visitors do the right thing, there have been recent reports where rubbish has been dumped in parks or along roadside locations, which is unacceptable,” Mr Williams said.

“We need to continue to take good care of these reserves and to leave no trace of our visits, which means taking your rubbish with you when leaving and disposing of it appropriately,” he said.

“We want you to enjoy yourself, but to also make sure you help to preserve our parks, so that generations well into the future can enjoy all the natural wonders our State has to offer.”

He said littering in parks could incur penalties of $165, including a victims of crime levy, while littering on crown land could incur penalties of $405, including a victims of crime levy.

Mr Williams said if people were caught leaving or dumping rubbish, they could be expiated under the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

“Keep your rubbish secure to prevent it spreading and remember to take it home with you when you leave the park,” he said.

“If you see litter, please pick it up safely and take it home with you.

“Our parks belong to all of us and together we share the responsibility to keep them free from rubbish,” Mr Williams said.

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