The Gillies Range Road Litter and Illegal Dumping Prevention Project was launched on 6 December 2018 with a successful media opportunity and stakeholder event. Hon Curtis Pitt MP, Member for Mulgrave, launched the campaign at Robson’s Track lookout along with Scott Buchanan, Executive Director, Wet Tropics Management Authority, Cr Joe Paronella, Tablelands Mayor, and Cr Brett Moller, Cairns Division 1. The Wet Tropics Management Authority is working in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Science, Cairns and Tablelands Councils, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Terrain NRM and local community members to target litter and illegal dumping behaviours that impact the Gillies Range Road area and surrounding environment.
The project launched with sign installation and clean up along the road between Cairns and Atherton to remove accumulated illegal dumping. Over eight tons of waste, plus two car bodies and a truck load of tyres, were removed from the rainforest. Following the launch the project will engage with local organisations and the community to spread the message regarding the damage done by littering and illegal dumping. This includes covert surveillance, social media campaigns, radio and print advertisement and poster/flyer distribution.
Remember, if you witness littering from a vehicle or vessel, or if you come across a pile of illegal dumping, you can report it to the Department of Environment and Science's online public reporting system at qld.gov.au/litter.
For more information please contact Litter and Illegal Dumping Programs team on LIDUProjects@des.qld.gov.au.