Club tidies up Freshwater Track for Clean Up Australia Day
THE Freshwater Track isn't any less bumpy but it's a lot tidier after Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday.
Members of the Cooloola 4WD Club spent the morning picking up rubbish on the sand track that connects Rainbow Beach Rd to Teewah Beach.
Club president Isaac Neumann said more than 20 club members in 10 vehicles picked up 90 bags of rubbish.
He was amazed at the amount of litter on the track.
"It was mostly water bottles, along with beer bottles and cans," Mr Neumann said.
"There was a fair few vehicle parts like mudflaps, mudguards and hubcaps lost on the track."
Some of the more interesting things found were bicycle tyres, roof racks and sunglasses.
What really surprised Mr Neumann was how people went out of their way to litter the track.
"A lot of people throw their rubbish clear of the car into the bushes," Mr Neumann said.
He said club members had to walk into the bush a few metres to pick up the mess.
"It surprised me that some people don't care less and blatantly throw rubbish out of the vehicle," Mr Neumann said.
To tidy the 19km stretch the club split into groups. Different teams cleaned different sections of the track, including the campground, and the day use area at Lake Poona.
In partnership with the Queensland National Parks, the club has started looking after the Kings Bore and Pettigrew's Lane loop tracks. They were planning to clean those areas on Clean Up Australia Day, but because they were closed National Parks asked them to clean the Freshwater Track.
The Adopt a Track program is designed to allow four-wheel drive groups to give back to the community.
Mr Neumann said the club tried to do a trip to the Cooloola National Park every four months, and planned monthly trips to other parts of the region.