Fraser Island Cleanup

Submitted: Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 08:04
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We got home last night from the Fraser Island Cleanup weekend...... 16 clubs and nearly 200 people involved! Absolutely fantastic time had by all in our club and it certainly looked as though everyone else had a good time as well.
And with the tons and tons of rubbish collected, Fraser is a cleaner place for our efforts!!
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 08:15

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 08:15
Well done, Brian, and thanks, from a regular visitor from NSW.

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Reply By: Member - Phil [Sunshine Coast] - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 08:46

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 08:46
Good onya Brian , & everyone involved, lets hope the island stays that way for a long time!! How often do they have those ''cleanups''..?
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:05

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:05
Phil,
It's an annual event, usually on Australia Day but last years one was on ANZAC Day for some reason. It's put together by 4WD QLD and affilated clubs participate. If you're a club member which is affiliated with 4WD QLD, then your club should have the details.

Also I noticed there was a coupleof "independants" over there this time, maybe you could contact 4WD QLD
to find out more about how to get involved
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Reply By: Lyds- Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 08:57

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 08:57
Good on yer Brian and the 200.

Any stats? # nappies? # cig butts?

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (Bris) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 09:30

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 09:30
I got back last night with the Nissan Club. We had the task of cleaning around the Central Station area.

Cigarette butts everywhere.
Next most common items were the clips and twisties from bread wrappers, and bits of foil packaging from chips and snacks.

Central Station is a fairly high traffic area, and nothing real large was found, but we did manage to find two pairs of mens undies and one ladies g-string amongst the other junk. How did they manage to lose them in a picnic area?
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:11

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:11
Our club had two area's, Eurong and Happy Valley so we split into two groups. I was at Eurong with 4 other cars and we picked up 16 garbage bags of stuff just from the grassy area's without actually going into the resort itself. The Happy Valley group got another 16 or 18 bags I think, but the Fraser Coast Club, 29 trucks and almost 100 people, got heaps!!

Really I can't remember the stats, we found amongst other things a hard hat, a 1982 can of XXXX, a nearly new fold up shovel, some 4" plumbers pipe..... and lots of ciggy butts!

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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:27

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:27
Was the XXXX can full Brian? If so what did it taste like? Any better than the current poison they try and sell? There may be a market for them in storing the beer to make it taste half decent.
Anyway well done on the clean up :)
And to all the smokers out there................Give up and stop rubbishing our great country.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:29

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:29
LOL.....
No Brewman it was "used"... although a full can of Greek Beer was handed in by someone from (I think) Just Cruisin' Club..... dunno if I'd try it though!!!
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Follow Up By: Lyds- Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:30

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:30
the saddest sight for me on my last visit to Fraser was the beautiful white sands of Lake Mckenzie littered with cigarette butts. It seems smoking doesn't just kill people.

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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 09:23

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 09:23
A job well done - I am constantly amazed that if everyone took home their rubbish how come people and clubs need to give up weekends to clean up other people's mess. I don't think you can even blame passing ships anymore for the flotsam and jetsam so it must be people in vehicles. Well done.
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 10:41

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 10:41
We drove down to Mackenzies Jetty 2 years ago. It is about 1.5 - 2 kms South-west of Kingfisher Bay. We took the track off Bennett Road and the track looked like it had not been used in a very long time. However when we arrived there were quite a few sailing boats offshore.
What we saw on the shore was terrible. Anything that was hollow was stuffed full of rubbish. Such as trees and some sort of steel thing which I forget what it was. Plus there was rubbish all over the ground. I can only assume it is left by boaties that come ashore and don't want to take it back onto their boat and there are no bins around.

It was truly a disgusting mess.
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Reply By: Turbo Diesel - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 09:25

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 09:25
Brian organise a video next year of the clubs efforts and get some press on the matter, such as 4x4 australia mag, 4wd monthly etc, would be good to put a storey on an accurent affair show, let the people at home know about the good deeds 4wdrivers do for the environement. Maybee all the club members could form a united "media club" to combat the looser in the pedestrian council. A club that can act like the Public Releations club for all clubs, do interviews newspapers etc. The public need to know about the good deeds and safe driving 4wdrivers enjoy all over the country. Good on you for cleaning up Queenslands best island.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:12

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:12
That.........

is a MAGNIFICENT idea!

I'm on it!

:-))
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Follow Up By: the real chopper - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:18

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:18
We (the Fraser Coast Club) do get quite a lot of good press out of the event each year, we make the TV news and the papers, (and gain a lot of membership enquiries too)
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:22

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:22
Well done guys.... I spoke with your President on Saturday night at the party, and it was great to see such a big club turnout from your club!
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 09:36

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 09:36
Well done for the cleanup guys.

It doesn't seem to matter how remote it is but 90% of the times I go to a campsite which has been used before there is some rubbish there which I end up taking out. And on the rare occasions I use those bush sites with the tables they are usually like a tip.

And would people please stop leaving food waste around campsites it only encourages the animals and reptiles to hang around the site. They should be eating goanna (or whatever) food not pasta etc.

But what would really interest me is to hear from the people who leave rubbish? If they think it's OK to leave this stuff then they should feel OK about saying in public why they do it?

If you can carry it in - you can carry it out.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Moose - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 14:13

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 14:13
G'day Mike
Maybe the goannas enjoy a change of diet from the usual goanna food! But seriously I agree that they shouldn't be encouraged to hang around humans.
Bet you don't get any replies justifying leaving rubbish behind. As you say - places without rubbish are few and far between these days. The worst would have to be dunny paper - bloody lazy disgusting bastards!
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 19:58

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 19:58
Now don't take this the wrong way Mike, but I KNEW the day ould come when I agree with you!!! LOL...LOL..LOL...
Seriously though, I'm with you.... I would LOVE to hear from someone who leaves the mess........

Again on the way home we saw the bins on Teewah Beach FULL, and so people just stack their full garbage bags adjacent the bins.... what's wrong with people???????????????????????????????????????????????????
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:13

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:13
>Now don't take this the wrong way Mike, but I KNEW
>the day ould come when I agree with you!!! LOL...LOL

Brian! I always _knew_ the day would come when you would see sense :)

I don't take the internet too seriously Brian. I argue and debate with anyone because I'm an argumentative bastard - but I never hold a grudge or anger - life is _far_ too short for that and the internet has a strange tendancy to polarise people - we take far stronger stances than we would in other walks of life and, frankly, I forgotten what subject we disagreed upon?

Anyway; it was good of you to do the clean-up - I must say that when I do it in my small way at the campsites I visit I don't have anywhere near the magnamimous approach you do - well done.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:15

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:15
Yeah, i can't remember either Mike!!! LOL......LOL...

Anyway, I don't deserve the congrats here, 4WD QLD do...., they set it up! And Toyota as well, they sponsor the weekend in a BIG way!

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Reply By: jo and mark - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 09:53

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 09:53
Hey Brian!

Well done everyone.. I agree about the medoa thing, 4wd'ers always cop flack from the media ... the cars oare too big, they have a bullbar... let them see just what can and does get done by those responible 4wd'ers.
We too got back yesterday arvo from thne members gathering, we all had a fantastic time and am waiting for Trevor to get a thread up!

hats off to you all!
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:13

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:13
Great to see you had a good time Jo........

I'm thinking of a weekend at Goomburra for a gathering in the future.... I'll keep you posted!
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Reply By: robak (QLD) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:35

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:35
Brian

Thanks for doing what is everyones responsibilty. It is very much appreciated .

R.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:00

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:00
No.... the thanks goes to 4WD Qld for setting up the cleanup weekend. We get a good deal for going there to do our bit, and it's a great weekend, and a damn good cause!
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Follow Up By: GOB & denny vic member - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:26

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:26
goodday brian
probably 1 of the best for a bit of video time would be the 4x4 show on channel 31
we take long tongs and rubbish bags when travelling it doesnt take long to fill a bag aat some stops but some stuff turns the stomach a bit

steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:28

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:28
Yewah, I might try that..... early days yet and I'll speak with 4WD QLD,...
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Follow Up By: Turbo Diesel - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 10:23

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 10:23
Brian

Clubs need a professional on this matter of marketing our 4wd's. Im not saying im the professional either. But it would be wise to form a united qld/nsw etc 4wd media club, some of us out there must have the skills and resources to organise information and present it in a way that promotes responsability. In other words the public need to be told about 4wdriving the joys and responsabilties, let the public know that 4wdrivers are not murderers and dont have two heads etc. Maybee consult with a marketing company, or put pressure on the top mags to fund a united media campaign on the tv and the newspapers. It all helps little by little. "United we stand divided we fall, Pink Floyd"
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 20:22

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 20:22
I have a few ideas of how to get it across, and have several contacts in media albeit regional.

I wouldn't be involved at all if it was only gonna be half-assed, only if it is handled professionally!

Thanks for your idea's, keep 'em coming mate!
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Reply By: roofscooter2 - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:09

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 21:09
hi all sadly one of our better people up here in S.E QLD whom had a part on T.V at the end of the news on 7 Ken Brown retired from the (limelight) Brownies Coast watch had a spot on saying but a lot of people must have ignored it (Don't Destroy What You Came Too Enjoy) rings loudly in my mind when i see what a lot of Mindless Filthy Idiots do all Our Country.bob.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 22:27

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 22:27
Here's a couple of pics from the clean up (if I'm smart enough to post them):







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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 22:30

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 22:30
OK, the pics work. So what are they?
First is clearly the Gold Coast 4WD Club participants
Second is the Hard Hat and the Brisbane Commonwealth Games XXXX can we found (along with lots of other rubbish)
The third is Brian. Hope you don't mind Brian. Thought people might like to see the mug they are talking to.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 23:04

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 23:04
Mind????

No way mate! Thanks, I actually like the pic!!!!! And the Club pics a ripper too!!!!!!!

Cheers Mate!
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