For bushfire-ravaged communities, many residents are doing whatever they can to help out following one of the worst fire periods in recent memory.
In the case of Caylee Raine, a pet carer in the Southern Highlands where fire has caused widespread damage, her main goal is trying to feed the dwindling wildlife numbers left in the area.
But as she went to drop off piles of fruit and vegetables in bushland at Colo Vale, 100km south of Sydney, she was horrified to discover someone had taken advantage of the area which just weeks before had been brought to its knees.
“I just thought how disrespectful it is,” she told Yahoo News Australia.
Ms Raine had come across masses of dumped household waste including tables, electrical goods and mattresses.
She said the area was just metres from where the RFS was performing back burning where the Green Wattle Creek fire had encroached.
Taking to social media, she shared a series of photos of the dumped items to a local wildlife group.
“Really sad today... god people are disgusting,” she said.
Members of the local community expressed their disgust at the act,
“Lazy people dumping crap everywhere you go.. the bush is not a tip,” one person wrote.
“We only get one earth and she has just shown us that she isn’t happy. Come on people, pick up your rubbish and dispose of it properly!” another said.
The mother reported the incident immediately to council via their snap and send scheme.
A Wingecarribee Shire Council spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia rangers will be deployed to investigate the matter and try and determine who was responsible while organising the cleanup of the area.
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