West regen ‘trashed’ by household waste
Wednesday, 14th March, 2018
By Emily Roberts
Dumped rubbish behind houses near the local tip has had one resident frustrated at the lack of help.
The Wills Lane resident said he was struggling with the volume of rubbish behind houses in Creedon Street.
“There is over 300 metres of rubbish behind the fences of houses in Creedon Street,” he told the BDT.
“I have spoken with Council many times over the last four years. They have been sympathetic but I wonder what other departments are involved.
“The regeneration area is being trashed.
“There’s filthy nappies, food and all sorts of other stuff being thrown over the fence. There are stolen bikes and lounge chairs.
“I’ve seen foxes running away with dirty nappies in their mouths.”
The resident said he had called Council about the issue for several years.
“I keep talking to the administration staff and nothing has been done.
“At the start of February a Council department head contacted me and said he would get back to me.
“I’ve spoken to the Community Hub (in Creedon St) and they listened but didn’t do anything.”
But the man said the rubbish was cleaned-up before the Federal Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, visited in August last year.
“I want to know who paid for that and the ratepayers should have been told about it,” he said.
A Council spokesman said there was no record of a clean-up being organised for the Minister’s visit.
“It is every resident’s responsibility to dispose of waste legally and not dump it in the bush,” the spokesman said.
“The area in question is a mixture of Crown and Council land.
“Given the ongoing illegal dumping that occurs in this area, Council performs intermittent clean ups.
“Council has also placed a large dumper bin in Creedon Street for residents, and empties it regularly.”
The spokesman said it was hard to pinpoint the culprits.
“No fines have been handed out for littering in this area as the rubbish is general household waste that contains no identifying documents.”
Compass Housing was unable to comment on the issue and Crown Lands was also contacted.