What a Load of Rubbish!

March 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Posted in Australia, Destroying nature, Social Responsibility | 1 Comment
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Part of the Lake Macquarie shore: a small sandy beach where a creek enters the lake

  A couple of days ago, my husband and I went to Myuna Bay, just a kilometre or two further along the lake from where we live. It is a place where people come all the time to walk their dogs along the tracks that meander through the trees.

The tracks follow the lakeside as far as the cooling channel, a few hundred metres away. The channel was constructed from the coal-fired power station at Eraring. It is about a hundred metres long, and empties into the lake.

Overlooking the cooling channel near the power station

   We walked along a different track this time, and came out of the wetland bush just where the water gushes from the power station cooling area into the channel – which we hadn’t seen before. Because the water is always warm, there are lots of fish there.  

The cooling channel, looking towards where it enters the lake

  We then carried on to the outlet into the lake, where people – mostly men, often fish from the rocks that line it there. On this occasion three fishermen were trying their luck on the opposite side of the channel, and one on our side, closer to the lake

  The three on the other side were what I call ‘fishing louts’ who are the type to leave a mess behind them. Every second word they say is the f-word – and their words carried to us very clearly across the water. We had wanted to enjoy a spell of bird watching, sitting on some concrete steps that lead into the channel. But it was not to be a pleasant rest, and we cut it short.

  There were other things that also spoiled our enjoyment of what should have been a lovely area. Along the shore among the retaining rocks, we found the leavings of other fishermen: tangles of fishing line; discarded vodka-mix bottles and cans; empty plastic bait bags; a length of synthetic cord; and other non-perishable rubbish.

Some of the rubbish I collected

  I carried the collection of rubbish with us back to the lakeside park. Did I mention that all this rubbish was collected within an area no more than a hundred metres long and a couple of metres wide?

 At the park, I did what the original tossers should have done – I placed it in one of the many garbage bins that are provided for that purpose by the local Council. I then washed my hands at the tap, also provided by the council.

There are plenty of bins, but too many people don’t bother to use them

It was Clean up Australia Day here yesterday, and many groups get together to clear rubbish that builds up along roadsides and in public areas.

Do you have clean-up days?

Is there much rubbish/trash left around by tossers who don’t care?

How does your local Council or other civic organisation manage rubbish in public areas?

(c) Linda Visman

author of Ben’s Challenge


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  1. well done

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