Coun­cil’s hands tied in rub­bish bat­tle

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE -

Har­vey Shire Coun­cil’s hands are tied when fac­ing is­sues of rub­bish and hooning four-wheel-drives on pri­vate prop­erty in the wet­lands on Point Douro. Bird watcher Tony France says the im­por­tant wet­land is home to many species and sees the ar­rival of a num­ber of mi­gra­tory birds each year.

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL­ISTS have spo­ken out against ex­ten­sive lit­ter­ing and hooning driv­ers on Point Douro in Aus­tralind, but on pri­vate land the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil’s hands are tied.

Shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said there was lit­tle the coun­cil could do be­cause the area was pri­vate prop­erty.

“This is pri­vate prop­erty and al­though the owner has at­tempted to fence the area, there con­tin­ues to be ac­cess and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour,” she said.

“The coun­cil has very lim­ited abil­ity to take ac­tion given the pri­vate own­er­ship as it might if it was a pub­lic area.”

Leschenault Catch­ment Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager Judy Fisher said the Point Douro was a sig­nif­i­cant eco­log­i­cal site both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally due to the num­ber of mi­gra­tory birds that ar­rived each year.

Bird­watcher and Myalup res­i­dent Tony France said big piles of rub­bish and dumped house­hold items had dam­aged the ecosys­tem on the point.

“If we’re think­ing of the drive for tourism, par­tic­u­larly in the Har­vey district, it seems a shame to present that sort of image,” he said.

Mr France said fur­ther dam­age came from hooning four-wheel-drives that en­tered the area and had driven off the main tracks.

While the Water Cor­po­ra­tion is re­spon­si­ble for the fore­shore and wa­ter­ways, much of the dam­age oc­curs on the in­land area, which is owned pri­vately by Dews­bury Pro­pri­etary Lim­ited in Sin­ga­pore.

Mr France said he did not think the area should be en­tirely closed to the pub­lic, but more fenc­ing was needed.

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth.

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