Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Dumped! River Left like Tip Site Houseload of Rubbish Dumped at River; a[euro][approximately]Morons' Leave Ute Loads of Litter over Weekend, Council Hunts for Those Responsible

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Dumped! River Left like Tip Site Houseload of Rubbish Dumped at River; a[euro][approximately]Morons' Leave Ute Loads of Litter over Weekend, Council Hunts for Those Responsible

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Shelley Strachan

REPORTER

shelley.strachan@gympietimes.com

THE banks of the Mary River in Gympie looked and smelled more like the Bonnick Rd rubbish tip yesterday morning after multiple trailer-loads of fetid rubbish, white goods and furniture were dumped there over the weekend.

Even a trampoline was dumped amid the piles of junk, which included medical supplies for a colostomy bag, 13 suitcases crammed with clothing and other articles, a washing machine, rolls of carpet, children's toys, a swing chair, gas cylinders, shoes, a clothes line, baby supplies, toilet seats, buckets, scooters and a barbecue.

Among the many books was one entitled Protecting the Environment.

A Gympie Regional Council investigation and clean-up were under way yesterday after local residents visiting the popular swimming and fishing area at the weekend were horrified by the scene.

Emily Cavanagh was appalled on Friday afternoon when she found the first piles of rubbish dumped beside the main track between the Bruce Hwy and the picturesque gravel beach known as The Sands.

She could not believe it on Sunday afternoon when she visited the spot again and found the pile of rubbish had doubled in size.

aThis is not just a ute load. Someone has been paid to take this away and they either didn't want to pay for dump fees or could not get in to a dump,a she said yesterday.

aIt's absolutely rude. It's a whole house worth of stuff.a

Apart from the new atip facea, there was plenty of other litter about the general area yesterday, as well as evidence of an old homeless camp and piles of empty beer cartons. Ms Cavanagh said until the weekend the cartons of stubbies had been stacked beside the road.

YESTERDAY, many of those empty stubbies had been smashed all over the road.

The council was looking for any clues that might lead to the identification of the perpetrators, who Mayor Ron Dyne described as amoronsa. …

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