Southern Downs highways littered with trash
TOURISTS passing through towns on the Southern Downs may be the biggest litterers according to groups who were out for Clean Up Australia Day over the weekend.
Andrew Westerman led a group of Rotarians and students at Allora on a clean-up Friday.
He said pristine main streets were a stark contrast to the waste littered along the New England Highway.
“It was something we hadn’t done in a few years and proved to be more difficult than we imagined as the grass was so high,” he said.
“I don’t think tourists feel the obligation citizens feel to keep the area tidy, it’s a shame.”
Mr Westerman said the clean up day was a testament to the little town.
“It did show us that Allora is a really tidy town and people take pride in it,” he said.
“We collected fifteen bags but when we got closer to town we would have been flat out filling them, the most came from the highway.”
Warwick’s Rubbish Rambler Leonard Monaghan said for him, every day is Clean-up Australia Day.
“I was out, but I’m out every day, the highways really are the worst, and the tall grass means you can’t even see how much rubbish is in there,” he said.
“This year I have collected close to two tonnes of rubbish already which considering I collected seven last year, that’s a pretty big amount so far.”
Mr Monaghan said the biggest hot spots for litter are roads in and out of Warwick.
“The Cunningham Highway toward Brisbane is where I clean up the most followed by the Highway toward Inglewood,” he said.
“Killarney Rd also has a surprising amount, I’ve picked up about 20 kilos there.”
Mr Monaghan said he would love to see more people picking up trash they come across when they’re out and about.
“I think if you’re out walking and come across something you could put in the bin that would be great,” he said.
“But for those who pass through, the best thing to say to them in the first place is don’t litter.”