A LIVERPOOL Plains Shire councillor has slammed the actions of illegal dumpers who polluted native bushland following restoration work.
In a statement this week, Councillor Col Stewart said work crews had renovated and worked to improve native bushland along the Quirindi Creek riparian area.
But, he said, their work was marred by the “actions of a few” who dumped rubbish in the area after the works.
“These works are providing environmental benefit and an additional community amenity, so it is disappointing that a few individuals show such a lack of respect for others in the community and the environment itself,” he said.
“This project is an extension of similar riparian restoration work undertaken successfully over the past six years along the creeks within Quirindi and I would urge everyone to value its importance.
“Sadly, in years gone by, the importance of maintaining healthy water ways was not understood and appreciated as it is today and over many generations it is amazing just how much rubbish has accumulated.
“The project to date has involved WHS assessments and risk management measures, consultation with stakeholders and addressing concerns, consultation with Local Land Services, NSW DPI and Fisheries officers, ‘before’ and ‘after’ data collection, the use of chainsaws, excavators and trucks to remove targeted noxious and invasive weeds and chipping of material collected.”