Rubbish dumped along the Goulburn River is costing money and manpower to clean.DARREN LINTON December 20, 2013 4:29am
Parks Victoria is spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of man hours cleaning up rubbish dumped in the bush along the Goulburn River.
Workers were yesterday clearing a pile of cardboard and plant material at Gemmill Swamp Wildlife Reserve, but ranger Neville Wells said it was one of half-a-dozen regular bush dump sites.
‘‘On an average at this time of year, there will be a trailer out one day a week picking up rubbish,’’ he said.
Household rubbish was most common, varying from soiled nappies to couches and mattresses, but it could also include toxic substances and dangerous articles such as old gas bottles.
‘‘Anything you can think of, we find it,’’ he said.
Mr Wells said non-native plant material was also discarded, which was a threat to the native bushland national and regional parks.
‘‘They grow very quickly and seem to propagate very quickly,’’ he said.
Mr Wells said natural flooding, the lifeblood of native bush along the river, could also spread non-native seed across a wide area.
‘‘This is not campers, this is deliberate dumping,’’ Mr Wells said. ‘‘It also takes us away from our environmental work and our fire protection work which is critical at this time of year,’’ he said.
During the Christmas and New Year period, extra rangers had been called in to patrol the bush around Shepparton and Mooroopna.
Mr Wells said daily patrols would be random and aimed at catching dumpers in the act.
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