Facebook video shames lovebirds who carved names into rock on culturally significant mountain


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November 09, 2018 13:03:36

Two lovebirds who carved their names into the rock atop of Queensland’s Mt Ngungun are being scorned on social media, and face the possibility of massive fines or jail time if caught.

Damian “Wildman” Duffy drew attention to the “environmental vandalism” in a video posted to his popular Facebook page, Wildman Adventures, on Wednesday morning.

Since then it has been viewed more than 370,000 times.

He came across a rock with a carving of the names Rach and Tys in a love heart with an arrow through it, as well as a recent date.

“It’s bloody disgusting, it’s just a horrible mark on the landscape,” he told ABC News.

“You go up there to experience the natural beauty and someone has gone to the effort of taking a battery-powered angle grinder and carving their names into the rock.

He said it was not the only vandalism he spotted at the mountain peak.

“Everywhere you look up there there’s a fair bit of graffiti. The problem with it is as soon as you get one it snowballs from there, someone else will see it and to them that creates a really bright idea to do the same. They follow suit, and suddenly the whole place is covered with that rubbish,” he said.

“It might pay them to install some sort of CCTV up there. It might sound like a bit of overkill, but if people can’t respect these places they ruin them for everyone else.”

Mr Duffy, who runs tours in national parks in central Australia, said it’s not an incident isolated to Mt Ngungun.

“The graffiti and just sheer lack of respect I see, it’d make your blood boil. And we’re always picking up rubbish, it’s pretty shocking the lack of respect people have for nature.

“No matter where you are in nature just leave it as you found it. There’s literally no need for you to go and disrupt the natural landscape, carve your name into a tree or a rock, it achieves nothing.”

“But it’s literally habitat destruction, it’s environment vandalism and there’s no use for it.”

Mt Ngungun, north of Brisbane, is one of the five mountains that make up the Glasshouse Mountains.

They’re considered a special meeting place for the Kabi Kabi people, who gathered there for ceremonies and trading.

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife (QPWS) spokesman said it takes vandalism of protected areas very seriously.

“It is disappointing that some visitors fail to see the long-term impacts that their actions can have on a natural area,” the spokesman said.

In a national park or protected area, everything is protected including the soil and rocks, and it is an offence under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to take, use, keep or interfere with a cultural or natural resource in a protected area.

The maximum penalty for this offence is $391,650 or two years’ imprisonment.

“QPWS will take a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who permanently marks or destroys our protected landscape,” the spokesman said.

Anyone who has information about this vandalism can contact QPWS on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

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