City let down by board­walk rub­bish dump

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

TOWNSVILLE res­i­dents love show­ing off their city at this time of year – and why wouldn’t they?

The days are beau­ti­ful, Mag­gie Is­land is pic­ture- post­card per­fect and Townsvil­leans have a spring in their step.

Un­for­tu­nately, though, lit­ter­bugs are let­ting the city down.

Townsville City Coun­cil also needs to pick up its clean­ing act.

Jezzine Bar­racks was re­cently hailed as one of the jewels in the city’s tourism crown, win­ning an in­ter­na­tional plan­ning and de­sign award.

But take a closer look and un­sightly lit­ter is strewn un­der the board­walk and view­ing plat­forms – hardly the look of an award- win­ning tourist at­trac­tion.

De­spite its pop­u­lar­ity with tourists and lo­cals alike, the area has clearly not been cleaned for a while.

Like­wise, Castle Hill could do with a de­cent clean- up.

As Bul­letin colum­nist Colin Dwyer wrote yesterday: “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.”

Two days out from the big­gest event on the Townsville cal­en­dar, it re­ally is not good enough.

For­tu­nately, the coun­cil has re­cently cleaned up another eye­sore in the city, the Per­fume Gar­dens on Stokes St, which had also been crit­i­cised by visi­tors about rub­bish and a lack of main­te­nance, in­clud­ing dead palm fronds and weeds.

A sim­i­lar last- minute clean- up is needed at Jezzine and Castle Hill.

But it is not just the coun­cil’s job to keep the city beau­ti­ful, it’s ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Think of the city and put your rub­bish in the bin.

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