Dead snake amongst over­flow­ing rub­bish

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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