Residents have long been fed up with the mounds of rubbish being dumped on Scenic Hill, but one family decided to take matters into their own hands.
On Sunday morning the Brown family drove up to Scenic Hill with their four wheel drive and a large trailer in tow to pick up rubbish.
They were in no short supply; within a few hours the family had managed to fill their trailer to the top with large hunks of plastic, cardboard boxes, and even a mattress that had been left behind to fester.
Dad Rob Brown said he was fed up with the rubbish gradually piling up over the months, so he decided he would do his bit to make Scenic Hill beautiful again.
“I cruise through here a fair bit,” Mr Brown said.
“It’s a beautiful spot.”
He started at the lookout, then headed back to the top of Pioneer Park and then back down the trail to Collina Oval.
He said he was “knackered” by the end of it all, but was happy to see Scenic Drive back to its picturesque state.
Mum Sarah Brown said she jumped on the idea of cleaning up the rubbish when her husband suggested it to her.
“It’s not nice having rubbish out here, especially because there are animals out here that could swallow it,” she said.
“Council aren’t too quick about dealing with this kind of thing, so we don’t mind helping the community.”
Son Cody Brown was all too happy to come along and help his mum and dad out.
Cody even brought his own little shovel, which he used to great effect.
The family got the idea to clean up Scenic Hill when resident Sue Fordham complained about the rubbish on the Griffith Community Noticeboard Facebook page.
“Scenic Hill is not very scenic when it’s got rubbish all over it,” Ms Fordham said.
“I saw the rubbish and it made my blood boil.”
Ms Fordham said she had seen the rubbish accumulate every Wednesday evening, when she drives from the city centre back to her home.
She said she was “disgusted” to see people leaving piles of rubbish every week, but she has never been able to catch the culprits in the act.
A little bit of her faith in humanity was restored, however, when the Brown family put up their hands to clean up the area.
Ms Fordham was so impressed that she picked up some gloves, rubbish bags, and tongs, and joined the Brown family in their clean-up efforts.
She took care of some of the smaller bits of rubbish, and she cleared up the Hermit’s Cave and the Chapel.
Her dog came along and it seemed to enjoy the day out.