CLEAN UP: Elizabeth Sullivan is concerned about the amount of rubbish that flows into Baldwin Swamp from the East Bundaberg drains. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
CLEAN UP: Elizabeth Sullivan is concerned about the amount of rubbish that flows into Baldwin Swamp from the East Bundaberg drains. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

All water courses lead to big mess

ELIZABETH Sullivan collects rubbish in and around Baldwin Swamp daily but worries her efforts alone are not enough to maintain the health and aesthetics of the environmental area.

Ms Sullivan said she was disheartened to see Bundaberg Regional Council workers out planting flowers in roundabouts when no one but her was out cleaning up Baldwin Swamp.

"There's no brochure to say, 'Come to Bundaberg, there's flowers in the roundabouts'," Ms Sullivan said.

"They could be down there picking up all the rubbish that I pick up that's allowed to flow into Baldwin Swamp."

Friends of Baldwin Swamp organiser Don Lynch said the group conducted regular clean-up of the area but said rubbish in Baldwin Swamp was an ongoing problem.

"Because there are quite a few waterways that flow into Baldwin Swamp, many of which have been converted into drains," he said.

"They collect a significant amount of water and rubbish which ends up in Baldwin Swamp."

Mr Lynch said the rubbish problem would never be solved, rather improved by ongoing rubbish collection.

"The rubbish that flows into the area doesn't get into the bin unless we put it there," he said.

Mr Lynch said people visiting Baldwin Swamp further added to the problem.

"There are rubbish bins around the place, but of course they are not used as well as they could be."

The council's Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Councillor Danny Rowleson said the council did not have a specific budget for cleaning up the area.

"Occasionally (the) council might use a trainee or Green Army/Corps team to do some rubbish removal from the waterway," he said.

"We deploy our river clean up contractor to retrieve larger items or piles of rubbish from the area."

But despite all efforts, Cr Rowleson said the eastern end of Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park was historically bad for illegal dumping.

"However, we now have the area under periodical surveillance which has curtailed the problem to a degree."

But Ms Sullivan believed the "periodical surveillance" was doing little to help Baldwin Swamp.

"Everyone goes to Lake Ellen because it looks pretty but the rest is left to rot."



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