Would legend Aussie bogan 'Poida' disrespect Double Island Point if he visited?
Would legend Aussie bogan 'Poida' disrespect Double Island Point if he visited? Contributed

Let's talk about the bogans at Double Island

I DON'T care what type of beer you drink, how many flannos you wear or what kind of flags you put on your car on public holidays, if you disrespect our region's natural beauty and those trying to enjoy it- you're a bogan in my eyes.

And if you fit that bill: it's time to talk.

Summer holidays are here and so are the crowds seeking sanctuary in the best bit of our backyard.

But what kind of sanctuary it is, is in all of our hands.

There are some simple rules to follow to stop good-hearted yahooing from becoming a pollutant to the magic that is Double Island.

 

The number plate graveyard at Double Island Point.
The number plate graveyard at Double Island Point. Erika Henning

Don't #1: Drive through water to get attention

It's a not a race track where every automotive fantasy you've ever had can be played out to an audience, that is then played out to thousands on social media who predictably give you the negative attention you seek.

It's where kids play, where birds congregate, where tiny fish huddle and where people wash away the working week.

Don't #2: Leave rubbish behind

Throwing empty stubbies around is obvious, and so is 'forgetting' a mangled tent or a cheap fold up chair that finally gave way to someone's girth. If you brought it with you - you should take it.

 

Rainbow Beach scenic shot  mudlo rocks 4WD Photo Craig Warhurst/The Gympie Times
Rainbow Beach scenic shot mudlo rocks 4WD Photo Craig Warhurst/The Gympie Times Craig Warhurst

Don't #3: Be loud and obnoxious

Having something to say on every subject at 500 slurry decibels is not good company. It's called noise pollution and is one of the best ways to ruin a visit to any piece of paradise.

You're allowed to have interactions in your own group without entertaining the masses.

Don't #4: Act like you own the place

None of us do. It's nature and if anything it belongs to every generation to come just as much as us. We don't have the right to make it worse for them or any other living creature.

The bottom line is:

You can be a person with a broken trampoline in your front yard, who drives a beat up four-wheel drive and who has a more than socially-acceptable number of kids and still be respectful.

I know, because I do every time I visit Double Island. 

 

Australian flag flip flop thongs on a beach
Australian flag flip flop thongs on a beach davidf
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