Dobell Park, Wangi Wangi, 28th January 2011

January 28, 2011 at 5:41 am | Posted in Social Responsibility | Leave a comment
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It was a national holiday two days ago. Many locals and some visitors came to Wangi’s Dobell Park to celebrate Australia Day. The day was filled with activities – children and adults of all ages playing cricket and throwing frisbees, swimming in the lake, picnicking – generally having a good time.

Today, I had to wait for a prescription to be filled by the chemist, so I wandered over to Dobell Park to sit at a picnic table and enjoy the lake view. Yesterday’s hot northerly had changed to a cooler southerly. Dobell Park is open to the south and gets its full effects. And the breeze today certainly had plenty to occupy itself with.

Forgive me while I make a list of what the wind is tossing about and what remains lying about on the grass and in the garden:

Empty beer stubbies and Coke bottles;

Fish-and-chip and hamburger wrappings and;

Plastic wrappers, water bottles, straws and caps;

A cardboard carton that had held a “slab” (a dozen bottles) of beer;

Soft drink cans and flavoured milk cartons; Empty cigarette packets and plastic food containers;

At one end of the park, an old pair of shoes and a single “croc” shoe.

Among all this detritus, what really got me were the paper plates and disposable plastic cups being tossed about by the wind – they were emblazoned with the Australian flag.

So, is this how we Australians demonstrate pride in our country, by turning a lovely lake-side park, named after a local Australian icon (Sir William Dobell)  into a rubbish tip? I am ashamed and disgusted.

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