Lit­ter­ing swine ruin our tourism pearls

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TOWNSVILLE has an amaz­ing tourism tri­an­gle. The Strand flanked by the Casino and Jezzine Bar­racks all con­nected to the tip of our mighty mono­lith, Cas­tle Hill. It’s our lo­cal tourism trea­sure that de­serves spe­cial at­ten­tion. If we don’t look af­ter all of them they will be­come UN at­trac­tions.

Our Strand has re­ceived best beach awards, our Casino is get­ting a well de­served up­grade, Cas­tle Hill is a quiet achiever but Jezzine Bar­racks has out­per­formed them all with in­ter­na­tional awards, de­spite some de­bate re­gard­ing the cost to com­plete the fa­cil­ity. If you had these as­sets in your port­fo­lio you would pol­ish them as proud own­ers and dis­play them the best you could. They would be key at­trac­tions to al­low vis­i­tors to ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty in our city.

Then last Tues­day I read a small text to the edi­tor telling us how they had taken vis­i­tors up the hill who were daz­zled by night views, only to be dis­ap­pointed when they re­turned the fol­low­ing day to re­veal rub­bish ev­ery­where. The so­lu­tion was to ask coun­cil to try harder. This per­son has raised an im­por­tant is­sue on the stan­dard of our at­trac­tions.

This is our place and we should have great pride in Townsville. So last Thurs­day I spent hours climb­ing the hill, walk­ing the Strand and brows­ing Jezzine. The Strand was spec­tac­u­lar but Cas­tle Hill failed the rub­bish test and so did the $ 40 mil­lion Jezzine Bar­racks.

Cas­tle Hill is lit­tered with cig­a­rette butts, fast food drink cups, dis­carded al­co­holic cans, used wa­ter bot­tles and dis­carded old wooden and fi­bro pieces. As I walked around the western part of the hill there was toi­let pa­per draped over the rail­ings and, in one lo­ca­tion, ex­cre­ment. It was just as dis­ap­point­ing around the seaward side of the hill.

The walk around Jezzine was also sub­stan­dard. Dis­carded bot­tles of whisky at one of the top look­outs sur­rounded in­ter­mit­tently by pizza boxes, dis­used drink con­tain­ers and weedy- look­ing leu­caena trees. I en­coun­tered more rub­bish be­low the fa­mous wooden walk­way but with old tyres and pipes on the fore­shore. This rub­bish has been there for a long time. Not a good look for an in­ter­na­tional award win­ner.

The coun­cil so­lu­tion sug­gested above is prob­a­bly part of the an­swer, but it means more cost to ratepay­ers. The real so­lu­tion is for all of us to tell the peo­ple who rub­bish our at­trac­tions to BACK OFF. Dead­beat lit­ter­bugs need to stop throw­ing away their rub­bish, mak­ing it other peo­ple’s and an­i­mals’ prob­lems, and have some pride in the place you live. CCTV cam­eras need to iden­tify of­fend­ers and make them clean their own bloody mess up.

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