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WYONG SHIRE ADOPTS TOUGHER STANCE AGAINST LITTER OFFENDERS Leading the way for other Councils in NSW When C.A.R.E. (Coasties Against Rubbish in our Environment) an action group McLachlan Partners help form, first highlighted the communities litter concerns, Council were keen to assist and CARE cofounder Kay Wall, was invited to address the full Council meeting. Littering is an actual offence in NSW. A change of attitude to the perceived right of some filthy individuals to leave their plastics and rubbish to wash into our lakes, beaches, and marine environment was required. Following C.A.R.E.S. address to the Councillors, Deputy Mayor Cr Lynne Webster received unanimous support for her motion to adopt Maximum fines, as well as increased signage and Ranger presence in known litter hot spots in Wyong Shire. This decision marks a change of attitude and directive towards litter offenders in Wyong Shire. C.A.R.E. has received interest from Councillors from other Shires, keen on following Wyong Shires proactive lead. BRUCE MCLACHLAN Waratah Member REINSW bruce@mclachlanpartners.com.au

But the real issue is NSW Litter laws. They are an out-dated joke, originally designed around apple cores and brown paper lunch bags, not the killer plastics we now see entering our Marine environment. A plastic bag that kills a 100 year old sea turtle or a cigarette butt tossed out of a car, that can potentially wipe out a family, or even a whole country township by starting a bush fire, attract laughable low penalties. But Council Rangers can’t be everywhere and need community assistance to help tackle the problem. If you CARE and would like to see litter offenders punished please help by downloading the new EPA mobile phone app, or add WSC mobile website link to your favourites and report offenders directly from your phone. As a community we can send the message to those visitors and locals alike that we C.A.R.E. about our clean beaches and waterways.


McLachlan Partners Weekly Editorial