Green Corps volunteers Sarah Smith and Anthony McKechnie clean up as councillor Julie Arthur inspects the dumped rubbish.
Green Corps volunteers Sarah Smith and Anthony McKechnie clean up as councillor Julie Arthur inspects the dumped rubbish. Karleila Thomsen

Ratepayers fund illegal dumping

THE EXTENT of dumping rubbish on the Fraser Coast is largely unknown to the region’s ratepayers but it is these ratepayers who are footing the bill when it comes to cleaning it up.

“The clean up of this area will cost ratepayers about $4000 and this is just one site across the region that the council has to clean up,” councillor Julie Arthur said yesterday, after a team of volunteers got stuck into a grubby spot near Hervey Bay Airport.

Piles of household rubbish, including plenty of clothes that could have gone to needy households, had been illegally dumped in the scrub.

Ten volunteers from Green Corps, a Federal Government work experience program, aim to collect at least six truck loads of rubbish during the program’s two-day clean up.

Old lounges and burnt out cars were among the litter scattered across tracks that Ms Arthur described as difficult to get to.

“The council placed large rocks beside the locked gate to stop people cutting the fence to enter the area. Someone has gone to a lot of effort to move the rocks,” she said.

“I do not understand why people illegally dump rubbish. A lot of this could be taken to the recycling centre at the Nikenbah transfer station.

“Often you do get a reduction on the cost of using the transfer station if you sort out the recyclable materials from the waste. The more you recycle the less it costs.”

The clean up is just one of many this week leading up to Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday.

There are a number of Fraser Coast sites registered for the day. To find out more about them visit www.cleanup.org.au or call the Fraser Coast Regional Council Clean Up Australia Day co-ordinator, Brenda Watt, on 1300 794 929.

Ms Watt has been the co-ordinator for about five years and will this year be helping out at Bill Fraser Park in Hervey Bay, while Ms Arthur will be site supervisor at Maryborough’s Anzac Park.

“It is important for people to remember we don’t have to clean up just on Clean Up Australia Day but it is a perfect time to promote awareness and focus on one goal,” Ms Watt said.

“We should be doing it all the time.”



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