We’ve bin telling coun­cil about bus stop rub­bish, so why won’t they act?

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‘ We love keeping Aus­tralia clean and beau­ti­ful and we should want to do the same with Heath­cote'

- Robert Pumpa

THEY’RE not talk­ing rub­bish — lo­cals are de­mand­ing a bin at the bus shel­ter in front of the Op­tometrist Heath­cote.

The shel­ter has been cov­ered with lit­ter for a num­ber of months and lo­cals have raised the idea with coun­cil but are fed up what they are call­ing “un­sat­is­fac­tory re­sponses”.

Robert Pumpa was the first to raise con­cerns in Jan­uary, phon­ing coun­cil about the lit­ter.

“It just comes down to clean­li­ness, we love keeping Aus­tralia clean and beau­ti­ful and we should want to do the same with Heath­cote,” Mr Pumpa said.

“Of­ten the whole seat at the bus stop is cov­ered in rub­bish and you can’t even sit down.”

Brooke Pearce, the City of Greater Bendigo re­source recovery and ed­u­ca­tion man­ager, said coun­cil had clear rea­sons for dis­miss­ing the claims for the bin.

‘‘The rea­son the re­quest was re­jected was due to the sig­nif­i­cant amount of lit­ter bins that were avail­able for the waste that was be­ing gen­er­ated by the busi­ness close by,’’ Mrs Pearce said.

‘‘The next steps will be to in­ves­ti­gate the re­quire­ments fur­ther and mon­i­tor the area over a three-week pe­riod, which has al­ready com­menced, and once the in­spec­tions have been com­pleted we will re­assess the need for the bin to be in­stalled. Our team have been di­rectly in con­tact with the res­i­dent who logged the re­quest and are work­ing with them closely.’’

Colin Car­ring­ton backed up Mr Pumpa’s calls for a bin at the bus shel­ter and also con­tacted the coun­cil.

“When we con­tacted them the mayor replied and said that they will be mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion,” Mr Car­ring­ton said.

“Per­son­ally I think it is pretty un­rea­son­able, I think they might be slightly re­luc­tant to ad­mit that they did the wrong thing in the first place with no bin.”

Mrs Pearce said when a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the coun­cil in­spected the area the rub­bish was nowhere to be seen.

‘‘A coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive who is per­ma­nently based in Heath­cote three days a week in­spected the area and the sur­round­ing in­fra­struc­ture. At the time of in­spec­tion there was no lit­ter present at the bus stop, and it was noted that there are nu­mer­ous bins within the United com­plex as well as a lit­ter bin avail­able di­rectly across the road,’’ she said.

Mr Pumpa said there was a clear ex­pla­na­tion.

“Marc Sk­il­beck from Skilly’s Tyre and Auto goes down there and picks the rub­bish up, be­cause other­wise the wind picks it up and it blows into his busi­ness.

“It’s not his job but he does it any­way — he wouldn’t have to if there was a bin.”

Mr Car­ring­ton be­lieves it is hard for coun­cil to have a good idea of what is hap­pen­ing if they haven’t seen the rub­bish at its worst.

“I feel as if they don’t re­ally un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion — yes there is a bin across the road but when peo­ple are run­ning late for the bus and there is traf­fic on the road it is eas­ier for lazy peo­ple to just dump it,” he said.

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