Beach ‘dump zone’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

COW Bay res­i­dents are fed up with be­ing reg­u­larly con­fronted with the sight and smell of full bins spilling over and stray dogs and wild pigs spread­ing the rub­bish around at their lo­cal beach.

The Dain­tree community have called on coun­cil to take ac­tion over the “pub­lic health con­cern” and com­plain it gets worse this time of year with an in­crease in campers and hol­i­day­mak­ers.

Con­cerned res­i­dent David Cooper said last Fri­day the bins had been emp­tied and by Mon­day morn­ing they were over­flow­ing again.

“I’ve com­plained to coun­cil and they’ve come back to me and as­sured me things would change and they would ser­vice the bins three times a week but that’s not hap­pen­ing,” he said.

“Tourists are com­ing from all over the world and we’ve got bins over­flow­ing and flies and here we have wild pigs that dig at it and dogs and it gets spread, it’s a mess.

“The de­pos­i­tors of the garbage don’t throw it around, ev­ery­thing’s bagged and stacked, you’ve got to give them credit,

“It’s all right for lo­cals, we’ve got a lo­cal tip and know where it is.”

There are two wheelie bins at Cow Bay Beach and coun­cil’s waste and en­vi­ron­ment man­ager De­bra Mac­k­een said they had in­creased it to four but two were stolen.

“Orig­i­nally there were two bins lo­cated at Cow Bay on a twice weekly col­lec­tion, these bins were not re­moved by coun­cil, how­ever, went miss­ing ear­lier this year,” she said.

“These were re­placed and an ad­di­tional two bins were sup­plied on a three times per week col­lec­tion sched­ule.

“Two days ago we were ad­vised that one of the bins had gone miss­ing and to­day we have been ad­vised that a fur­ther bin has been taken.

“There is ev­i­dence to sug­gest that there is do­mes­tic waste be­ing placed in and around these bins, whilst there is a waste trans­fer sta­tion, with full re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties not far away in Cow Bay.

“This is fur­ther sup­ported by the fact that the vol­ume of waste ma­te­rial did not de­crease sig­nif­i­cantly dur­ing the wet sea­son.

“For this rea­son the place­ment of a larger skip bin would ser­vice only to pro­vide free dis­posal in larger amounts.”

Coun­cil has com­mit­ted to re­plac­ing the two miss­ing bin and chain­ing the four bins to­gether.

“The col­lec­tion sched­ule will re­main at three times per week and the mon­i­tor­ing of these bins will be strength­ened,” Ms Mac­k­een said.

Ready for col­lec­tion: The bins at Cow Bay Beach

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