Bambara becoming a dumping ground

Gosford Council have been using the Bambara area at Kariong as a dumping ground.

Many of the Council staff I’ve dealt with over the years have been incredibly helpful and professional, but this blatant disrespect for the culturally and ecologically sensitive land at Bambara is beyond unacceptable. It’s shameful. Gosford Council should be pushing the State Liberal Member, Chris Holstein, to honour his pre State election promise to secure Bambara for National Park. Instead, I believe council’s actions have led others to dump weed infested garden waste and general rubbish in the area.

I was embarrassed when recently taking an Aboriginal family who came all the way from Lightning Ridge on a tour of the famous Bambara area. When they arrived and looked around at all the rubbish including broken glass, weed infested piles of dirt, road base and metal barriers dumped by council, I found myself apologising on behalf of our community and for the actions of our local council.

The metal barriers have since been removed by council after complaints made by myself and a member of the Central Coast Greens, but this issue has been ongoing for too long and it has to stop. Weeds are starting to encroach on the new section of National Park that our community has fought so tirelessly to protect.

There are noxious weeds threatening our endangered Sandstone Hanging Swamps that feed into Brisbane Water through Waterfall Bay. I call on all Gosford councillors and the State Member for Gosford, Chris Holstein, to protect this area as promised and to lead a much better example for our community to follow.

Email, 17 Jun 2014
Jake Cassar,
West Gosford