Where’s the respect? Vacationers leave ‘Great Wall of Trash’ at a popular campsite

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Where’s the respect? Farmers are enraged when vacationers leave the ‘Great Wall of Trash’ in a mostly pristine site

  • Many campers left trash after visiting a campground in southwest Victoria
  • Selfish behavior often increases during holidays, such as Easter and Christmas
  • Local farmer Angela Hocking is fed up with the situation that needs to be addressed
  • Camping Dandos is located on the Gellibrand River, a two-hour drive from Melbourne

A tired farmer has slapped Easter holidaymakers for leaving a ‘Great Wall of Trash’ in a pristine site.

Angela Hocking, who lives on a nearby farm with her husband David, was incredulous about the recent amount of trash thrown away at the popular Dandos site in The Otways, in southwest Victoria.

“I couldn’t believe it, the foul smell and amount of trash people left behind was just baffling,” she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘My husband and I spent the weekend picking up rubbish from the side of the road to our paddocks … it was certainly not what we had in mind over the Easter break.

Farmer Angela Hocking was incredulous about the amount of trash left at the Dandos site in The Otways, located in southwest Victoria, during Easter.

Farmer Angela Hocking was incredulous about the amount of trash left at the Dandos site in The Otways, located in southwest Victoria, during Easter.

Over the Easter holidays, piles of rubbish were left at the campsite in The Otways National Park, in southwest Victoria

Over the Easter holidays, piles of rubbish were left at the campsite in The Otways National Park, in southwest Victoria

Over the Easter holidays, piles of rubbish were left at the campsite in The Otways National Park, in southwest Victoria

Farmer Angela Hocking would like to see waste bins installed and regular waste connected to the site in Victoria

Farmer Angela Hocking would like to see waste bins installed and regular waste connected to the site in Victoria

Farmer Angela Hocking would like to see waste bins installed and regular waste connected to the site in Victoria

“Packing people up and leaving their mess behind is completely unacceptable.”

Ms. Hocking complained to her city council – the Colac Otway Shire – about the constant hoards of nonsense.

But the council told her it’s a problem Parks Victoria needs to solve.

The Dandos campground has multiple swimming areas, fishing spots and scenic bushwalks, so it is used all year round.

The numbers are increasing around holidays, particularly Australia Day, Easter and the holidays from Christmas to New Year.

Hocking would like to see permanent waste containers on display and regular waste collection.

“I’ve contacted Parks Victoria and they’ve told me there are no plans to put up bins,” she said.

‘That makes no sense, seeing all the trash thrown away is an eyesore and someone has to collect it eventually.

“To be fair, my husband and I probably wouldn’t have bought the farm if we knew the dramas that would follow, especially some weekends and holidays, Dandos is like a highway, there are so many cars.”

David Roberts, Forest Fire Management Victoria’s district manager, said the cases of repeated dumping were puzzling.

“Leaving waste at campsites is diametrically opposed to why we go to these beautiful locations – to enjoy nature,” he said.

“The time and expense of cleaning up waste also distracts our crew from other important maintenance tasks.”

At the Dandos campground, which features swimming areas, fishing opportunities and some scenic bushwalks, guests can make use of the facilities all year round

At the Dandos campground, which features swimming areas, fishing opportunities and some scenic bushwalks, guests can make use of the facilities all year round

At the Dandos campground, which features swimming areas, fishing opportunities and some scenic bushwalks, guests can make use of the facilities all year round

The site in south-east Victoria is a year-round retreat for campers - especially on public holidays and longer vacations such as Easter and Christmas

The site in south-east Victoria is a year-round retreat for campers - especially on public holidays and longer vacations such as Easter and Christmas

The site in south-east Victoria is a year-round retreat for campers – especially on public holidays and longer vacations such as Easter and Christmas

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