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persons in tents and moored boats as we were. We became
friends with people even being invited to a 40th birthday party
on the island with some 40 persons in attendance at times from
the boats and tent campers.
The party was exceptionally well planned and what a credit
to all involved with everyone enjoying the festivities. Our new
friends packed up and left the island on Monday at lunchtime.
We stayed another day at that location. We walked along the
beach area to where the party was held. You could not detect
the presence of anyone having been there. Every bottle, bag and
aspect of garbage was taken away. What a credit to these people.
We stayed an extra week camping and observed across the
channel the eastern main island near the no wash sign was now
vacant. With the prevailing nor’easters we decided to move.
We arrived there to witness the trashing of the island. Trees
chopped down for firewood. In the dark you tripped over the
stumps and stubbed toes. Smashed bottles, plastic containers,
plastic plates, broken umbrellas, bottle tops everywhere, plastic
bags filled with empty cans of food. I would estimate there were
two Otto bin loads of rubbish left behind. The wind picked up and
blew the plastics everywhere. Some people had dogs with them
who scavenged through the rubbish further spreading it around.
When we camp, we tow our tinnie behind the cruiser. Every
morning we do a run to take away the garbage we accumulate
to deposit in the rubbish bins at Pelican or Swansea. We also
take with us other peoples’ rubbish. However, this time, there
was just way too much for us to remove.
I recall making some negative comments to my partner
while doing a garbage run observing the persons camped there
throwing their empty bottles into the scrub.
As far as I know the islands there are National Park. I would
applaud any council rangers perhaps teaming with RMS to observe
and fine the ferals for littering. I hear on the radio only this week,
30 tons of rubbish has been collected from Lake Macquarie.
Middle Head under threat
Many Afloat readers will recall the long, hard and victorious
struggle of the Headland Preservation Group to retain Middle
Head for the people of Australia.
After the Army left Middle Head many developers thought
the land would be up for grabs. Instead, it was put under the
protection of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust as were the
islands in Sydney Harbour and other areas. This was done by
establishing the Sydney Harbour Trust Act in 2001.
Today the headland is known as Sydney Harbour National
Park, Middle Head. Its timeless beauty and historical significance
to be kept for all Australians.
Now Middle Head is again under threat from commercial
developers. The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is considering
a proposal to build an aged care facility for 93 persons on the
headland. Of course this would be for the privileged few. On
checking the Act I feel the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
would be contravening the Sydney Harbour Trust Act as it states
the following objectives:
a. To ensure-management of Trust land contributes to enhancing
the amenity of the Sydney Harbour region.
b. To protect, conserve and interpret the environmental and
heritage value of the Trust land.
c. To maximise public access to the Trust land.
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