The northern rivers’ iconic Mount Warning in the heart of the Tweed Valley, visited by more than 100,000 tourists each year to trek to its panoramic summit, is being fouled to a sickening extent, according to a local bushwalker.
The bushwalking club member says a recent visit to the mountain, also known by its Aboriginal name Wollumbin, disgusted him with its ‘cesspit of rubbish, toilet paper, banana skins and goodness knows what else’.
Lennox Head local Peter Weallans told Echonetdaily he was so incensed with what he saw he decided to complain about it to National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and, for the first time in his life, write to local media about it.
Mr Weallans said he had been a bushwalking club member for 35 years yet had never seen such filth on a tourist track.
‘The ascent was littered with toilet paper, the toilet paper in many cases fresh and consisting of brown dot paintings,’ he wrote.
‘No exaggeration, the underneath of the viewing platforms were strewn with rubbish.
‘Having lunch and smelling the strong scent of a fresh turd wafting in the breeze was sickening.
‘I know that my turd comment may sound humorous but I couldn’t have descended fast enough from the summit .
Mt Warning is supposed to be World Heritage but I see it is as a national embarrassment. I am inclined to raise this issue with Tourism NSW.
‘I don’t know what the solution is other than education and signage.
‘I recognise that the department (of environment) has a limited budget, but with the mountain being a tourism mecca, someone has to give thought in how to combat the plethora of bogan day trippers who have no respect for the environment.
Girraween National Park, Cooloola National Park, Mt Barney and Mt Maroon in Queensland for example are all but litter free,’ Mr Weallans concluded.
Echonetdaily is waiting for a response from the NPWS.