FORESTRY Corporation of NSW is aware that rubbish has been dumped in the Bulahdelah State Forest and will arrange to have an appropriate contractor remove it as soon as possible.
This advice comes after local residents spoke with News Of The Area about truck and trailer loads of rubbish being illegally dumped, particularly in the areas surrounding Myall Forest Road.
Concerns were raised that in the case of a fire, the large amount rubbish in the forest would add to the fuel.
News Of The Area contacted Forestry Corporation and was told by a spokesperson that people dumping building materials, appliances or household waste in local State forests is an ongoing problem.
“There are hefty fines for illegal dumping, but by the very nature of the offence, people who dump rubbish tend to do it covertly so it’s difficult to catch culprits in the act,” they said.
“Rubbish dumping impacts on the environment and it’s just another reason why people are encouraged to do the right thing and not dump materials in bushland.”
The spokesperson said Forestry Corporation has worked hard over the past twelve months to carry out hazard reduction burning.
This has included over 35,000 hectares of forest across the State to minimise the risk of wildfire in the upcoming fire season.
“Our State forests are fantastic assets for the region and should be places the whole community is able to take pride in and enjoy, so it’s really disappointing to have to continually remove dumped rubbish,” they said.
“The community can assist by reporting anything suspicious they notice while exploring the forest.”
Illegally dumped materials can be reported to the Environment Line on 131 555 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.