Water a ‘toxic mess'
SOUTH Kolan residents fear an unspoiled part of the region's freshwater creek system will deteriorate into an unsightly dumping ground.
Local residents have appealed to the common decency of illegal dumpers leaving waste at the old Splitter's Creek crossing on Birthamba Rd.
Over the Christmas holidays, rubbish including car tyres, a dead calf and seafood shells was dumped into the local waterway.
South Kolan farmer Fred Sheppard said the situation had deteriorated over the past six months, much to the disappointment of local residents.
"It's absolutely disgusting, the things they've dumped in here," he said.
"There's been dead calves, dogs, feral pigs, tyres and general rubbish. It's a toxic mess."
The old Splitter's Creek crossing is located near Bundaberg Regional Council's South Kolan waste transfer facility.
Mr Sheppard believes some people are using the causeway as a dumping ground when the facility is closed, and others as a way to escape tip fees.
"There's no excuse for this kind of behaviour," he said.
"I'm no greenie but we take a bit of pride in our waterways and natural environment here," he said.
The causeway is a popular fishing spot for local South Kolan children and is used as a fill-up point for the local Rural Fire Brigade.
"As it is now, the causeway is absolutely putrid and it's most likely a health concern," he said.
Mr Sheppard said local residents were now monitoring the causeway closely and would report the number plate details of illegal dumpers to the authorities.
"It's getting way out of hand and we want to nip this in the bud," he said.
"All we want is for people to have a bit of common decency."
Bundaberg Regional Council waste recycling services manger James Stanfield said the authority would not tolerate any illegal dumping at the creek.
Mr Stanfield said the area was well catered for by council's South Kolan transfer station and Avondale and Meadowvale landfills.
"We will investigate it fully and if any evidence arises we will be looking to take legal action," he said.