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Rubbish woes at lake

An increasing number of campers at Greens Lake has lead to a greater amount of rubbish being left behind.

RENEE THOMPSON January 9, 2014 4:29am

Rubbish dumping at Greens Lake on New Year’s Eve reflected an ongoing issue at camping sites, according to police.

Leading Senior Constable Bob Naismith, of Stanhope police, said New Year’s Eve campers needed to take more responsibility for their own waste.

‘‘The mentality of the New Year’s Eve revellers is this ‘Bugger you Jack’ attitude,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s (Greens Lake) free. It’s a great place to ski. It’s incumbent on the people who go out there to take their rubbish with them.

‘‘The skips out there are being used by the people who are taking responsibility but there are always those that couldn’t care less about the state they leave their campsite in.’’

Speaking to Campaspe News last week, one local resident said she had noticed much higher numbers of people camping at the lake in recent years and increased rubbish dumping.

‘‘We haven’t gone down to the lake the past few years because of what the numbers create,’’ she said.

‘‘One year we estimated there were about 850 tents down there, which could be 2000 people without proper facilities.’’

Although Greens Lake is managed by Goulburn-Murray Water, the resident said the visitors should be Campaspe Shire’s responsibility.

‘‘G-MW should not be providing facilities. The shire should take responsibility for all the visitors coming in,’’ she said.

The lack of facilities at the lake extended to lack of rubbish bins, which campers needed to dispose of waste, the woman said.

‘‘The people of Corop have to have a working bee to clean up afterwards,’’ she said.

‘‘It is unreasonable to assume campers are always going to take their rubbish with them.’’

The woman suggested Campaspe Shire should come up with a plan and work with G-MW to improve facilities at Greens Lake.

‘‘The shire benefit (from the tourism), therefore the shire should supply,’’ she said.

Leading Sen. Constable Naismith, however, said it was not up to G-MW nor Campaspe Shire to clean up.

‘‘Greens Lake will remain there for public use so long as the people that use it respect and look after it,’’ he said.

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