THE jewel in Townsville’s crown has been left filthy and un­kempt with lit­ter strewn across the ground around the Jezzine Board­walk.

The $ 40 mil­lion pop­u­lar tourist walk and in­ter­na­tional award win­ner has be­come a dump­ing ground with garbage care­lessly thrown from the walk­way cre­at­ing an eye­sore amid pris­tine ocean views.

Mayor Jenny Hill said steep ter­rain made it hard for coun­cil work­ers to clean up the filth.

“Coun­cil is re­mov­ing rub­bish from down be­low Jezzine but some of it is in steep ar­eas which may re­quire some­one to ab­seil down to clean it up,” Cr Hill said yesterday.

“The coun­cil al­lo­cates al­most $ 750,000 a year to keep the city clean of rub­bish. That in­cludes reg­u­lar lit­ter pa­trols of the city ap­proaches, clean­ing of parks and public ar­eas.”

Cr Hill said the care­less lit­ter­ing re­flected poorly on the city’s im­age, as well as putting added costs on the com­mu­nity.

“There is ab­so­lutely no ex­cuse to leave rub­bish ly­ing around any­where, let alone our prime at­trac­tions like The Strand, Jezzine and River­way.”

Townsville En­ter­prise chief ex­ec­u­tive Pa­tri­cia O’Cal­laghan said it was vi­tal at­trac­tions were kept tidy, es­pe­cially dur­ing peak tourism pe­ri­ods.

“We know how proud North Queens­lan­ders are of The Strand and Jezzine Bar­racks but with that pride, we have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity,” she said.

“The onus is on ev­ery­body to look af­ter those as­sets and ed­u­cate our chil­dren and the younger gen­er­a­tions.” Ms O’Cal­laghan said more se­cu­rity cam­eras were an op­tion to catch out lit­ter­bugs but preven­tion was a bet­ter so­lu­tion.

“Over­all, we do a good job of look­ing af­ter the place and it’s times like these in peak pe­ri­ods, when our visi­tors are here, that these things ( lit­ter­ing) tend to hap­pen,” she said.

The board­walk isn’t the only lo­ca­tion around the re­gion look­ing like a garbage dump, with Bul­letin colum­nist Colin Dwyer call­ing out lit­ter­bugs dump­ing rub­bish around The Strand and Castle Hill in his col­umn yesterday.

Mr Dwyer no­ticed all sorts of rub­bish in our most pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions.

Pic­tures: WES­LEY MONTS

LAZY LIT­TER­BUGS: Rub­bish strewn around the Jezzine Board­walk is cre­at­ing an eye­sore.

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