Fishos dis­gusted by lack of bins

Boating park ‘ a rub­bish tip’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL char­lie. peel@ news. com. au

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.

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