DUMPED rubbish at Colac district campgrounds has frustrated State Government parks officials over the school holidays.
A Melbourne-based tourist wrote to the Colac Herald about garbage dumped at Stevenson’s Falls near Forrest over the Easter long weekend.
Visitors had left rubbish bags, empty cans and paper waste along sections of Upper Gellibrand and Roadknight roads.
People also reported dumped garbage at Beech Forest’s Beauchamp Falls.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Otway district manager Craig Clifford said people caught dumping rubbish could attract fines of up to $295.
“It’s always only a very small minority who don’t clean up after themselves, the majority of visitors to forest areas and campgrounds behave responsibly,” Mr Clifford said.
“It’s certainly disappointing to see instances like this where some individuals have blatantly dumped their household or campsite rubbish off the roadside and into the bush,” he said.
“DELWP and Parks Victoria staff actively patrolled both these campground areas at Easter and officers were reminding campers at Stevenson Falls and Beachamp Falls to take their campsite rubbish home.
“Most were family groups doing the right thing and simply enjoying themselves in these beautiful spots.”
Mr Clifford said DELWP patrols had helped reduce garbage dumping at campgrounds.
“We have found in recent years that having a patrol presence reduces anti-social behaviours,” he said.
“The patrols educate forest users about what’s expected of them in terms of respecting the environment and others – this includes properly disposing of rubbish and campfire safety.
“It’s always been our policy for campers, hikers and day visitors to take their own rubbish home.”
Mr Clifford said serious illegal rubbish offences such as dumping chemicals, building materials and asbestos in the bush, attracted severe penalties.