Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Park People Deplore Dumpers

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Park People Deplore Dumpers

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Byline: Paul Milton Butler Paul.miltonbutler@capnews.com.au

A PRISTINE waterway is under threat thanks to a number of thoughtless people who think it is their own private dumping ground.

Owners of Henderson Park Farm Retreat, at Barmoya, are worried at the volume of rubbish being thrown into the water.

The owners of Henderson Park, Annika and Ryan Anderson, said they were becoming extremely annoyed and frustrated at the amount of rubbish thrown into their beloved waterway in and around their property.

aHenderson Park has our side of the creek fenced to protect the riparian zone and to prevent erosion from the cattle accessing the bank,a Mr Anderson said.

aWe also slash a track and provide canoes for our guests to enjoy the beauty of the landscape from the land as well as the water.

aWe own about 4km of creek frontage on the western side of Hedlow Creek and are constantly cleaning up what we can and are also disgusted by the use of the road, on the eastern side of the creek.

aThe four-wheel drive a[approximately]bog holesa are quite pronounced and most of the creek is presently being accessed through private land. The fauna reserve at Mt Hedlow is under the control of Rockhampton Regional Council.

aWe all fought hard to stop the proposed Hedlow Dump and nobody wants to see the area (or any landscape) degraded in this manner.

aWe went for a paddle recently and it is as bad as we have seen it at the moment.

aAnd this is no excuse, but some people are reluctant to throw their rubbish in their car and take it home so it would be great if the council could put some bins here as that might help.a

Meanwhile, a concerned resident,Tom Sjolund, said he was appalled by the state of the Hedlow Creek and is calling on members of the public to form a working bee to help clean up the area.

aIt is in a shocking condition when you have a closer look,a Mr Sjolund said.

aAnyone that can help please contact me on 4911 2730 or 0402 245 353. …

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