Wasting public park land
BOB Hodgetts is frustrated that some people have no respect for the region’s bushland after discovering furniture, household waste and 20 tyres dumped in the Cobboboonee Forest Park.
Mr Hodgetts, from Gorae, has been a lifelong nature lover and worries that the bush will become uninviting to visitors if rubbish is dumped in it.
“I was lucky enough to grow up in the bush when it was still the bush,” he said.
He found the rubbish alongside a road within the park recently, and said it had been there for a while, judging by how much vegetation had grown around it.
“I’d like to see it cleaned up.
“Garden waste is the next problem,” he added, noting that plants such as agapanthus were growing in areas that had previously been native bushland. “If something’s not done, people will still carry on.”
Mr Hodgetts said Melbourne was too far away for government department managers to understand the significance of rubbish dumping in public parks, so it often took a long time for dumped rubbish to be removed.
However, local state government workers also understood his frustrations.