In the April issue of the Bobby Dazzler Newsletter, I mentioned an email I had received from reader Jon regarding the inconsiderate toileting habits of some Outback travellers.
I wrote: “It brought to mind my recent experience when camping at Koorawatha Falls near Cowra, NSW. This idyllic spot was marred only by the wads of used toilet paper littering the area – in spite of there being a pit toilet only a few metres away! I find it impossible to understand the mentality of people who behave in such an inconsiderate way. One would assume that by travelling to such a place, they have at least some interest in natural beauty, and yet their actions belie it. The owners of Outback camp grounds have told me of their despair when they find that someone has defecated on the ground only a short distance from a clean, functioning toilet.
“Jon says he’s heard that rangers are proposing that travellers in some areas be required to carry portable toilets. That would be a further blow to the good old Aussie concept of free and easy Outback travel where there are still relatively few stifling rules and regulations, and room for everyone to do their own thing, so long as they behave in a considerate and responsible way. I’ll put something about this on the blog, where there will be opportunity for readers to record their thoughts and suggestions.”
So here’s a chance to express your views on this subject, particularly if you have any suggestions as to what action should be taken. Please tell us what you think.