Landholders of East Leichhardt Dam are considering installing hidden cameras to catch locals littering on their property.
This action is a result of consistent rubbish being left at East Leichhardt Dam, which is located on private property between Mount Isa and Cloncurry.
Landholders state that littering is always an issue in the warmer months when locals travel to the dam for camping or water sports.
“Most people tend to do the right thing but some people just ruin it for everyone else," she said.
“It is getting to the stage where we are willing to put up hidden cameras to catch litterbugs, report it to police and put them through the courts.
“If that doesn’t work there is always the potential to lock the gate.”
The landholders stated East Leichhardt was a beautiful spot to relax and cool off and the last thing needed was rubbish contaminating the property and the waterways.
“We have cattle through that area and they can easily swallow rubbish and become ill and die. It is not hard to take your rubbish with you when you leave,” she said.
“We haven’t wanted to lock the gates in the past because we want to share that area with people. We are not obliged to do that but we like to share it with everyone.”
Mount Isans were disgusted to see the amount of rubbish located at the dam on a Facebook post on the Mount Isa Vent Page earlier this week.
Diana Setiyawati posted photos of the mess and stated “there were so many rubbish and broken glass left behind at East Leichhardt. Lets make it clear that I do not own the place but I'm grateful that the owners of the property have open their gates for the public to enjoy. So let's give them respect and clean after ourselves so that others can enjoy it too.”
Lucy Swinney also commented stating “I'll never understand it. It's not that hard to chuck it in the back of your car and dump it in the wheelie bin when you get home. Not to mention the countless bins provided along the road between east Leichhardt and the Isa.”
Judy Lloyd stated she doesn’t go to East Leichhardt anymore. “Last time we went there there was dirty nappies and toilet paper everywhere, not to mention broken chairs, bottles, cans... just grubs.”
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