Rubbish left on a beach at Mooloolaba.
Rubbish left on a beach at Mooloolaba. Kathy Sundstrom

REVEALED: The Coast Councillor who picks up others rubbish

LITTERING is terrible, but walking past other people's litter is also wrong.

It amazes me how many people can walk past a pile of rubbish lying on the beach and "tutt tutt" at the person who left it, but do nothing to pick it up.

I'd say the vast majority of people fall into this category.

And it is very sad because what do they think is going to happen to the rubbish that is left there?

Either someone will pick it up or it will get washed into our oceans and cause damage that could have been avoidable if we all were a little more proactive in taking charge.

Picking up other people's litter doesn't earn a person a prize, but it does speak volumes of their character.

At the last council election, the simple, unscripted behind the cameras act of one Sunshine Coast councillor sealed in my mind who I was going to vote for.

I was at a breakfast interview with Cr Jason O'Pray and we were getting ready to take some photos and video when he asked me to "hold on a sec".

He went to go pick up some rubbish lying on the path near Cotton Tree and made a vague comment on how he hated rubbish lying around.

 

Sunshine Coast Division 8 Councillor Jason O'Pray.
Sunshine Coast Division 8 Councillor Jason O'Pray. Contributed

He doesn't know it, but that spoke more to me about him than any of the glamorous puffed up pieces he could have done for the election.

He knew the camera wasn't on and he just did it.

People who litter should receive a hefty fine and we should all be more vigilant to tell someone who drops rubbish to pick it up.

But sometimes, it may be up to you or I to be the bigger and simply do it anyway.


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