Beautiful Killimicat a dumping ground

Beautiful Killimicat a dumping ground

Farmers are frustrated that areas between Tumut and Brungle are being used to dump rubbish. Waste is often washed into paddocks, potentially causing damage to livestock.
Farmers are frustrated that areas between Tumut and Brungle are being used to dump rubbish. Waste is often washed into paddocks, potentially causing damage to livestock.

Killimicat is one of the prettiest parts of the Tumut region, but it seems some are determined to change that.

Killimicat Station owner Harry Lucas is outraged that people have again dumped rubbish there. He found the latest pile of rubbish next to the Brungle Road at Killimicat on Monday.

“I find it here all the time,” he said. “Most of the stuff is recyclable.”

In the latest pile, there is a box for a microwave, which has a name and a Tumut address on it.

There are also kid’s toys, food and drink cartons, a bra, nappy bags, a pizza box and more.

“A lot of the stuff gets dragged around by foxes,” Mr Lucas said. “I believe it is residents just stopping and dumping their rubbish.”

He said his wife would be reporting the matter to the local ranger.

“Every year we farmers from the Brungle-Killimicat area make a volunteer effort to clean up all the rubbish from Brungle to the airport, but it doesn’t take long for it to come back,” he said.

“It is a beautiful place and people should have more respect.”

However, it isn’t just the effect the rubbish has on the aesthetics of the area that concerns Mr Lucas.

“The rubbish gets washed in our paddocks by the rain, and there is a big risk of the calves and lambs eating it,” he said. “I have had mysterious deaths of calves and lambs here, and I can’t say for sure it was the rubbish, but there would have to be a chance.”