Fishos disgusted by lack of bins
Boating park ‘ a rubbish tip’
ANGLERS are kicking up a stink over the lack of rubbish bins at the $ 25 million Townsville Recreational Boating Park.
The South Townsville facility only opened to the public in April but is already strewn with plastic bags filled with rubbish, plastic bottles and fish frames.
Angler Warren Casey said it was strange a boat park would be built without bins.
“People have been tying plastic bags to guardrails around pilots on the pontoons and just leaving them there,” he said.
“And they stay in the same place for weeks. It is disgusting – the stench is unbelievable. The only rea-
It is disgusting – the stench is
unbelievable WARREN CASEY ( BELOW)
son I can think of for the council not installing bins is so there is no smell but people are still leaving their rubbish.”
Mr Casey said the problem could create a safety risk.
“If there are no bins, people will dump fish frames either on the ground or in the river where they will attract crocs close to the boat ramp,” he said. “Imagine if they had no rubbish bins along The Strand.”
A council spokeswoman said the council was aware of the situation.
“Council crews have been tasked to check out the grounds at the Townsville Recreational Boating Park over the weekend and clean up where required,” she said.
“The issue of bins at this location is a tricky one due to the nature of rubbish likely to be disposed of ( fish scraps) and the proximity to nearby residents.
“Council is happy to reevaluate the situation and we ask all boaties to do the right thing and respect surrounding residents and other users of the ramps and take their rubbish home with them.”
Cr Les Walker said the council had let itself down by not providing bins.
“There’s bait packets, soft drink bottles and fish frames all over the ground – it’s not a good look,” he said.
“There should be bins on site and if it is managed correctly, there are no croc issues, no bird issues, no stench issues and no issues with nearby residents having rubbish blown into their yards.” LEAVING home in your pyjamas is usually considered a fashion faux pas but not when you do it for a good cause.
Yesterday was National Pyjama Day, raising money for children in foster care, with hundreds of people across Townsville donning their PJs.
The Pyjama Foundation Townsville co- ordinator Mel Vaughan said the day was well supported across the region.
“We had about 25 organisations participate, everything from schools, TAFE, businesses, hospital, a wide range of organisations put their hand up to raise money,” she said. “The money will be used … for recruitment and training of volunteers here in Townsville.”
Miniversity Kindergarten teacher Katie O’Connell said it was a fun way for children to understand the plight of those less fortunate.