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16 April, 2022

Creek rubbish disgrace

A LOCAL man is frustrated with perpetual littering at a local creek and swimming hole, as he finds and cleans up swathes of tins and broken bottles on a regular basis.

Bottles and broken glass at the Walsh River crossing on Pin Road near Mutchilba.

The Walsh River concrete causeway on Pin Road near Mutchilba appears to be quite the party spot for some people, as they leave behind tens of broken bottles, tins and cardboard. 

Local Jim Carey, who has been living in the area for over 25 years and drives over the crossing regularly, says he is fed up with the continual illegal dumping. 

“I’m sick of it, it’s a disgrace,” he said. “People here buggering up our beautiful waterways and swimming holes.” 

Mr Carey’s daughter’s boyfriend went down to the creek recently to give it a clean-up, leaving some bags for rubbish and putting up signs asking people to stop littering – signs that have since disappeared. 

While Mareeba Shire Council was not aware of the illegal dumping, it says it will investigate the alleged illegal dumping at the Pin Road crossing, however the organisation has made it clear bins will not be installed. 

“Council is committed to taking action on illegal dumping and will do all that can be done to identify and fi ne perpetrators,” Mayor Angela Toppin said. 

“We have a wonderful shire and trashing it is not acceptable.”

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