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Rangers remind Australia Day visitors to look after Lake Eacham

21 January 2015

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers have reminded visitors to Lake Eacham to show pride in Australia and look after the World Heritage listed site.

QPWS Principal Ranger Andrew Millerd said Atherton Tableland rangers were appealing to visitors to act responsibly with respect to behaviour, rubbish and loud music on the Australia Day long weekend.

“Police and rangers will be on patrol over the weekend, and rangers can impose on-the-spot fines of $113 for littering, and fines for other offences. If it ends in court the maximum littering fine is $2277.

“Lake Eacham is the pride of the Atherton Tableland, and a major drawcard for visitors from around Australia and overseas.

“I urge locals to set a good example, take their rubbish with them and keep all our parks pristine,” Mr Millerd said.

“We certainly don’t want a repeat of last Australia Day when Lake Eacham was left in such a mess that rangers, divers and locals took hours to clean away deflated rafts emblazoned with the Australian flag, broken glass that could endanger swimmers, and piles of other litter.

“Any time you visit Lake Eacham, bring a garbage bag so you can take your rubbish home, as bins are limited. If possible, bring drinks in containers that can’t get broken. Don’t throw glass and other rubbish – including unwanted rafts ­– into the lake. Take them home with you, or risk a hefty fine.

“Don’t park in ‘no standing’ zones – reducing the road to a single lane makes it unsafe. Fines can apply.

“Enjoy the experience, look after your mates, and help keep Lake Eacham natural and beautiful,” Mr Millerd said.

Last updated
21 January 2015