Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Quiet after Storm of the Hamish Clean-Up

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Quiet after Storm of the Hamish Clean-Up

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Byline: Owen Jacques owen.jacques@dailymercury.com.au

IT was like a scene from an old western film yesterday at Paget: bundles of wire replaced the tumbleweeds and an old hat rack stood in for the solitary cactus on the landscape.

It was Mackay Regional Council's free dump day but it was quiet - a little too quiet.

The 'Free Waste Disposal Weekends' have a mythology all of their own with dumpers usually being forced to wait through rain, hail and shine as the line snakes from the Chanses 'R' depot in Paget to the front door of Timbuktu.

But yesterday, it wasn't like that at all and people were beginning to notice.

Ross Matheson is a senior assistant at Chanses 'R' and he relished the quieter weekend.

"We get dribs and drabs like this," he said, pointing to the one or two cars dragging their trailers towards the boom gates.

"It wasn't like the last few dump days.

"Usually the whole population comes down but everyone did their spring cleaning because of the cyclone. …

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