Australia Where's the respect? Holidaymakers leave behind 'Great Wall of Trash'
Farmer blasts campers for leaving piles of rubbish in Otways forest after Easter break
The first thing Angela Hocking noticed as she walked towards a serene forest campsite was the smell. Then she saw it — a pile of festering rubbish left by Easter campers.The rubbish strewn along the path warned the farmer that something was amiss — but nothing could have prepared her for what sat waiting.
A fed-up farmer has slammed Easter holidaymakers for leaving behind a 'Great Wall of Trash' behind at a pristine campground.
Angela Hocking, who lives on a nearby farm with her husband David, was in disbelief at the recent volume of rubbish discarded at the popular Dandos site in The Otways, in Victoria's south-west.
'I couldn't believe it, the foul smell and amount of rubbish left by people was just staggering,' she told Daily Mail Australia.
'My husband and I spent the weekend picking up trash along the side of the road down towards our paddocks... it definitely wasn't what we had in mind over the Easter break.
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'People just packing up and leaving their mess is completely unacceptable.'
Mrs Hocking complained to her local council - the Colac Otway Shire - about the continual hordes of rubbish.
But the council told her it is an issue for Parks Victoria to resolve.
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The Dandos campground boasts multiple swimming areas, fishing spots, and scenic bushwalks, so it is used year round.
Numbers intensify around public holidays, notably Australia Day, Easter and the Christmas to New Year break.
Hocking would like to see permanent skip bins on display as well as regular rubbish collections.
'I've reached out to Parks Victoria, and they have told me no plans are in place to install bins,' she said.
'That makes no sense to me, seeing all the discarded rubbish is an eyesore and someone has to collect it eventually.
'To be honest, my husband and I probably wouldn't have bought the farm if we knew the dramas that would follow, some weekends and public holidays in particular, Dandos resembles a freeway, there are that many cars.'
David Roberts, the district manager of Forest Fire Management Victoria, said the instances of repeated dumping were puzzling.
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'Leaving rubbish behind at campsites is at odds with why we go to these beautiful locations — to enjoy the natural surroundings,' he said.
'The time and cost of cleaning up rubbish also diverts our crews from other important maintenance tasks.'
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