Burdekin Shire Council will trial the placement of a bulk storage waste bin at the popular Plantation Creek boat ramp over the Burdekin Show holiday weekend (1-3 July) to help cut the amount of illegally dumped rubbish.
Burdekin Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had agreed to the trial following community representation to Council requesting reconsideration of the previous decision.
“We are going to place this bin at the ramp on the Thursday and then it will be removed on the Monday to ease the load on residential bins over the long weekend,” she said.
“Plantation Creek has been chosen as the trial site as it provides access to the highest number of creek huts in the Shire.
“If this service proves a success, Council will consider whether the bins are warranted at other ramps during holidays and long weekends.
“Fishing is a very popular pastime in the Burdekin and this is a drawcard for tourists to our region.
“Illegal dumping is an eyesore in these beautiful natural environments and impacts on the wetland habitats.”
Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said ongoing misuse of the previous permanent bulk waste bins at boat ramps had led to their removal in 2009.
“People were using these bins instead of taking their household rubbish to Council’s transfer stations. This is not what the boat ramp bins are for,” he said.
“Council has ongoing problems with the illegal dumping of household items such as furniture and rubbish and it costs thousands of ratepayers’ dollars every year for Council to clean it up.
“We hope that by trialling the return of the bin at busier times of the year, the bin is used by boat ramp patrons and not by other individuals as a substitute for the transfer station.
“The bin is there for holiday makers to put their rubbish in – not around.”