Streaky Bay council called to act on rubbish

DUMPING: Rebecca Lee next to the spot at Alcanabie Road where illegal dumping had taken place.
DUMPING: Rebecca Lee next to the spot at Alcanabie Road where illegal dumping had taken place.

A Streaky Bay resident has called for the local council to do more to handle rubbish in the district, in particular an illegal dumping site that has remained for about two years.

Rebecca Lee is concerned about a site of illegal dumping on Alcanabie Road, which she said she brought to the Streaky Bay District Council’s attention in 2015.

Miss Lee said she was told that they could not prosecute as it was not clear who had left the rubbish and that they could not clear it.

“My argument is this is a 15 minute job...it would take two of them (council workers) to come and clean it up,” she said.

Miss Lee said she was active in cleaning up rubbish around Streaky Bay and last week collected eight bags worth of rubbish from Sceale Bay Road.

“It’s a bad look for our town, we’ve got plenty of workers and there’s no excuse or reason to have this amount of rubbish on our roads.”

Miss Lee said she would see more money being put into waste management, more bins established at tourism spots and the return of roadside hard rubbish collection.

Streaky Bay chief executive officer Joy Hentschke said in relation to the spot on Alcanabie Road the council was not able to clear it at the time but under new Environmental Protection Authority rules, it and other sites could be.

“We don’t have the budget for it but we will be collecting waste if we can,” she said.

Ms Hentschke said the council would advertise later in the year for people who were unable to take hard rubbish to the dump to apply to council for pick up.

She establishing more bins would mean additional costs to ratepayers.