Filth left behind by irresponsible campers is raising the ire of Brogo locals.
Sue Nagle Thorssell, who operates Brogo Wilderness Canoes with her partner Dave, sent in several photos of piles of litter, human excrement and broken camp equipment left behind on the shores of Brogo Dam, near Bermagui on the Far South Coast.
Four large bags were needed to remove all the rubbish, a clean-up job that she said is becoming all too regular.
“Yet again, we cleaned up after the campers who, between Christmas and New Year, camped in the Wadbilliga National Park at Nelson Creek on the shores of Brogo Dam.
“Visitors and families have complained they cannot picnic here because of the filth.”
Ms Thorssell said they saw wallabies and goannas sifting through plastic bags, bottles, cans, cigarette butts, broken chairs, crates and even toilet seats looking for food.
“Toilet tissues and excrement were strewn all through the bush in and around an active wombat burrow and right down to the water’s edge,” she said.
Brogo Dam is a popular camping, fishing and tourist location, but it is also one of the shire’s sources for drinking water, making the filth left behind by these campers even more concerning.
“Even feral cats bury their waste when finished,” Ms Thorssell said.
She had a pointed message for those who choose to despoil a beautiful part of our wilderness coast.
“Perhaps next year, you might show some respect for this beautiful place and for all those who share it and just take away your mess.
“It would be such a shame if this place was closed to us all for the repeated actions of a few.
“The reason we all love to experience this particular environment is for its isolation and pristine beauty. How hard is it to keep it that way?”