Nature's eyesore at holiday-makers leave messy trail of trash at Engadine's The Needles

An inflatable boat and a bag were left by the water's edge.
An inflatable boat and a bag were left by the water's edge.

Summer holiday-makers have left an unpleasant sight at Engadine.

The Needles is a small swimming hole that is also popular with dog walkers, but this month it was also a dumping ground.

​Philippe Brach takes regular strolls to the area with her dog, and was disgusted by what she saw.

An abandoned bike.

An abandoned bike.

“It’s a beautiful spot on the Woronora river, but with the recent heatwave, many people go down there for a swim – mainly youngsters usually between 14-17 years old,” she said.

“They come down with their eskies, ice packs, soft drinks, assorted packets of snacks, music boxes and sometimes inflatable floating devices. 

“The unfortunate thing is that they just discard all packaging, broken toys, and generally litter the place.

“I know that this not the way most people behave, but it still gets my blood boiling.

“The council is aware of the issues and have kindly provided a red rubbish bin at the site, but obviously, the message is not getting across.”

Food packaging rubbish was also left behind.

Food packaging rubbish was also left behind.

The south side of the are is owned by the state government, but a Sutherland Shire Council spokeswoman said it would send waste operation supervisors to the area to remove the items.

“Council will monitor the community’s use of this area over the summer months and we encourage the community to have respect for the environment when enjoying the beautiful natural surrounds of Sutherland Shire,” she said.

“If community members notice rubbish or dumped items, they can report it to the council by using the Snap Send Solve app or by calling customer service.” (9710 0333).

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