After an electrical storm ripped through Teewah Beach last night, many campers fled and left their wrecked gear behind. Picture: Ella Yewen
After an electrical storm ripped through Teewah Beach last night, many campers fled and left their wrecked gear behind. Picture: Ella Yewen

‘Selfish act’: Beach goers left to clean up storm aftermath

Beach goers travelling up Teewah Beach this morning were "absolutely disgusted" to find the aftermath of last night's storm, where campers had fled and left behind wrecked gear.

Ella Yewen and her family were shocked to discover the amount of rubbish, broken gazebos, swags, shoes and lights scattered across the beach.

"It's really not that hard to break them down and put them in a pile," Miss Yewen said.

"There's huge skip bins but not one gazebo or bit of rubbish is in the bins."

Concerned for the safety of wildlife and other beach goers, Miss Yewen said the abandoned gear is a hazard and campers could have tried harder to clean up.

"Although the storm was bad, the wildlife will now suffer due to all the rubbish," she said.

"What if a gazebo pole rolls out onto the beach and someone driving by hits it?

"That's just a huge accident waiting to happen."

 

The 19-year-old Tewantin resident said there were seven of her family members cleaning up the mess this morning.

"We are going to rearrange the cars and take as many gazebos home with us as most of the skip bins are full of rubbish and bottles," Miss Yewen said.

"Then we will dispose of them at the local tips or if there are shops that take broken gazebos."

Miss Yewen believes many of the campers won't return to take their gear as the barge costs money and they would need another beach permit.

"It's a really selfish act and although the storm may have been bad, if it was me I would be coming back with a trailer or empty car to bring all my belongings back," she said.

"It's up to myself and people like me to help clean up the things we didn't even leave here."

 

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