Skate­board park an eye­sore

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

Isn’t it a shame that we are now on the world stage from a film and tourism per­spec­tive and as these in­ter­na­tional guests flock to our town they are greeted by noth­ing short of a rub­bish tip.

Yes, of course I am re­fer­ring to the skate­board park at the en­trance to our town.

What a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity this is and my son has a lot of fun there with his mates while I watch on. A real as­set to our town. But how can we get it clean and keep it clean? Whose re­spon­si­bil­ity is it any­way?

Is it the kids that use it? Of course it is, but how do we force them into keep­ing it tidy?

Should we look to the par­ents of the kids who need to en­sure their chil­dren are trained to put their rub­bish in the bins?

How about go­ing back to the source of a large por­tion of the rub­bish, Mcdon­ald’s and KFC, and ask­ing them to in­clude it in their clean­ing cy­cle?

Is it the coun­cil who own the fa­cil­ity and then surely have an obli­ga­tion to keep it tidy? Or does some­body have a bet­ter idea? Should we use the PD work­ers? Would it help if they put more rub­bish bins there?

Does sig­nage ‘‘prick the con­science’’ enough to make a dif­fer­ence ?

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