A fleet of 4WDs converged in the popular Olney State Forest to remove a staggering eight tonnes of illegally-dumped rubbish during the recent Clean-Up Australia Day.
The event was organised by the Hunter Region 4WD Council, with volunteers from six of the 4WD clubs affiliated with the peak user group, Four Wheel Drive NSW & ACT.
The Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squads, Lake Macquarie City Council and Forestry Corporation supported the day and were grateful for the helpers’ efforts, according to Forestry Corporation partnerships leader Michael Hill.
“We really appreciate everyone’s support over Clean-Up Australia Day, particularly volunteers from Port Hunter 4WD Club, Hornsby-Kuring-gai 4WD Club, Land Rover Owners Club Sydney, Gold Eagles 4WD Club, Newcastle & District 4WD Club and Central Coast 4WD Club,” he said.
This was the sixth edition of the event.
“All up we saw 50 volunteers from the seven clubs join forces to make a huge improvement to our natural environment,” organiser Noel Skimmings said.
“The rubbish removed from the forest included more than eight tonnes of mixed waste, 1.6 tonnes of scrap steel (separated and recycled) and about 150 tyres.
“With good weather and a fantastic crew of volunteers, we have had our most successful Clean-Up day to date.
“Thanks to the many hands who made this possible.”
The event also saw RID Squads on site to support the local effort.
They are regionally-based teams that specialise in combating and preventing illegal dumping.
The RID Squad is a joint program between local councils and the NSW EPA, funded by the waste levy.
“We’re really pleased with the results from Clean-Up Australia Day,” Mr Hill said.
“But, we still ask for everyone’s help in keeping these areas free from rubbish by reporting details of any illegal dumping they witness or discover.
“If you see dumping or find any illegally-dumped material, report it to the Report Illegal Dumping Line on 131 555 or www.ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au”
To find out more how Forestry Corporation works with the community to protect state forests, visit www.forestry.corporation.com.au