Environmental News

Queensland: What a disgrace

David Curtin - Thursday, August 28, 2014

It’s a reputation no Queenslander would be proud of.

Our beautiful State has officially been named the worst littered State of Australia according to the latest National Litter Index (NLI) results, released today by the Keep Australia Beautiful network.

Keep Queensland Beautiful (formerly Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland), is waging a battle against the litter that is a blight on our State from coast to coast – town to town.

According to the index, cigarette butts remained Queensland’s and Australia’s worst littered item, followed by paper, cardboard and plastic.

Keep Queensland Beautiful CEO, David Curtin is appalled that Queensland has fallen behind all other States and Territories, saying “Queenslanders and visitors to the Sunshine State should be ashamed of this result. Will our next tourism slogan be beautiful one day, filthy the next?

“If this were a State of Origin, I am certain Queenslanders would pay attention, muscle in and clean up their act.

“It seems when we are away from the home (where we do the right thing), our civic pride goes out the window with the NLI revealing Retail sites and Shopping centres identified as the grubbiest locations across all 151 sites surveyed in Queensland.”

“Do we want the World to remember Queensland as the grubby State when they see us during the G20 and Commonwealth Games?

“I have a simple message: BIN IT. It’s time now to clean up and make sure the message to litterbugs is loud and clear.” said Curtin.

While our recreational parks are cleaner and improving, our retail sites and shopping centres are shameful, and our Highways are strewn with litter and dumped items – either deliberately or by careless travellers not securing their loads when transporting goods or rubbish.

Keep Queensland Beautiful are mobilising armies of men, women and children, along with businesses throughout the State to adopt areas in their local communities that they commit to keeping tidy – it’s called the Adopt-a-Spot program and this simple anti-litter and recycling program has the power to change the environmental health – and the outlook – of entire communities.

Keep Queensland Beautiful will provide the equipment, insurance and training you need to make a difference.

It’s time to spring clean!

Keep Queensland Beautiful is asking all Queenslanders and visitors to our State to pledge their support, change their habits and hold others accountable.

Join the “City Spring Clean” campaign: www.keepqueenslandbeautiful.org.au/springclean
Or report a litterer: 1300 LITTER or visit www.litter.org.au

David Curtin, Chief Executive Officer, Keep Queensland Beautiful
M: 0435 602 737     E: DCurtin@keepqueenslandbeautiful.org.au