City let down by boardwalk rubbish dump
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.