Dead snake amongst overflowing rubbish
A dead red-belly black snake with its head in an empty alcohol can is a picture that tells a thousand words of the rubbish that lays around the Longwarry recreation reserve, according to a local resident.
Amanda Howard said dumped household goods and overflowing rubbish bins have spoilt an area that should be a picturesque reserve in the town.
Ms Howard has lived in Longwarry for 12 months and regularly walks her dogs at the recreation reserve and reserve area that adjoins a developing residential estate.
To put it bluntly, she describes it as an “ugly place” that is full of uncollected and dumped rubbish.
A television and stereo have been dumped in a creek area while rubbish lays around the reserve and large bins of rubbish overflow.
“There is rubbish everywhere, it’s a forgotten area of Longwarry.
“I don’t know when the bins were last emptied, they are overflowing, and it looks like someone goes through the rubbish.
Ms Howard said signs around the reserve say it is a protected area for bandicoots.
In recent weeks, Ms Howard said a snake was living amongst the rubbish, but always moved away when she was walking.
Last week, she found the snake dead with its head stuffed into an empty alcohol can.
“The rubbish is getting worse.
“It could be a really nice spot…it’s very sad for the local community.
“It’s been completely neglected and mistreated,” she said.
Baw Baw Shire planning and development director Matthew Cripps said the Longwarry Recreation Reserve was managed by a committee of management who used its own waste management service for regular collections.
He said all waste management including overflowing bins was the responsibility of the committee of management.
“We understand that illegal dumping is a complex issue and are committed to working with the community to reduce illegal dumping across the shire.
“Council will be in contact with the Longwarry Recreation Reserve Committee of Management to discuss ways in which it can support the management and prevention of illegal dumping moving forward,” he said.
Mr Cripps said council encouraged community members to report illegal dumping along with any identifying information such as vehicle registration numbers, to enable council’s compliance team to investigate.
A dead red-belly blake snack amongst the rubbish that a Longwarry woman says is spoiling the recreation reserve.