Sharon Rushton is upset that the council has not removed rubbish piled up on the bank of the Burnett River.
Sharon Rushton is upset that the council has not removed rubbish piled up on the bank of the Burnett River. Mike Knott

Debris still litters riverbank

RESIDENTS of North Bundaberg have criticised Bundaberg Regional Council for delaying the removal of rubbish from the bank of the Burnett River after the Christmas floods.

Mariners Way woman Sharon Rushton said despite repeated calls, piles of rubbish she and her neighbours had collected were still sitting on the north bank of the river two months after the floods.

But divisional councillor Alan Bush said the ground had been too damp to allow council vehicles to be driven in for a clean-up.

Mrs Rushton said tyres, campground toilets and other rubbish, washed down the river by the floodwaters, still littered the riverbank.

She said the north side of the river was being ignored by the council.

“We've done everything for them – all they need to do is take it away.”

Mrs Rushton said the drainage ditches were all plugged up with silt and mangroves on the north side had been damaged by the floodwaters.

She said council officials had promised several times the rubbish would be taken away, but nothing had happened yet.

Mrs Rushton said piles of rubbish up to two metres high were still awaiting collection.

She said big rats were living under the piles of debris.

Residents were also being plagued by mosquitoes.

But Cr Bush said he had been on the site several times to look at the problem.

“The ground has been too wet for us to move heavy equipment on to it,” he said.

“With the high tides and the floodwaters there, the council trucks would have bogged.”

Cr Bush said the council had removed some of the debris already and more would be done before the weekend.

“We couldn't really do much more than that,” he said.

“I can't put pressure on council workers to take in trucks when they might get bogged.”

Cr Bush said when the terrain dried out enough, council workers would also go in and clean out the drains in the area.



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