Rubbish dumpers in national parks are on notice

first_imgRubbish dumpers in national parks are on notice The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has put would-be wrongdoers on notice, warning that illegal dumping in national parks will not be tolerated and promising ramped up patrolling to catch dumpers. NPWS is also issuing a call to action for visitors to report illegal dumping and help protect their national parks.NPWS Executive Director Park Operations, Deon Rensberg, said “National parks and public parklands should be vibrant natural spaces for families and friends to enjoy quality time in the outdoors.New surveillance cameras, signage, and barriers are being rolled out in hot spots to catch illegal dumpers. Regional Illegal Dumping Squads (RIDs) will also be actively patrolling and investigating cases.”Compliance efforts have also been boosted by a recent NPWS study into illegal dumping, completed with the support of the NSW Environment Protection Authority.The study has identified problem areas and will make it easier to target and prevent dumpers. It also highlights the cost that dumping has on the environment and community.Mr Rensburg said: “Cleaning up after illegal dumpers costs hundreds of thousands of dollars – money that could be spent on conservation and park visitors. On top of the waste that is left behind, dumpers cut fencing, vandalise gates, and create illegal tracks in bushland to hide their waste.”New signs at parks and updated website messaging will make it easier for visitors to report illegal dumping incidents using RID online. The community can also make a report by telephoning 131 555.Recent RID investigations have resulted in two men being fined thousands of dollars for dumping waste in Sydney’s Heathcote National Park. Another offender has been issued a fine for illegally dumping in Garawarra State Conservation Area.“The message to illegal dumpers is clear – dump waste and expect to be caught. The penalties far exceed the cost of disposing of your waste appropriately,” Mr Rensburg said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, community, conservation, director, environment, environment protection, Government, Heathcote, money, National Park, New South Wales, NSW, online, quality, study, surveillance, Sydney, website, wildlifelast_img read more

Garden Gnomes take to the Streets in Inman Park Parade

first_img ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings Hundreds of people dressed as garden gnomes, complete with pointy red hats are marching down the road. It’s all part of an annual attempt to break the world record for largest gnome march. Atlanta artist Chantelle Ritter is captain of the Krewe of the Greatful Gluttons, a social club that organizes the march. “Well of course I have hopes that we’re going to break the record, though it’s an impossible number of gnomes. But anything is possible. We are never going to give up. We are gonna do this year after year because it is ridiculous fun and we are silly people”Unfortunately with only 264 gnomes, they didn’t even come close. The record is currently held by Great Britain with 478 gnomes.Aleck Ragsdale WABE News Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 0:42 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Storieslast_img read more