Clean Up Australia Day turnout ‘rubbish’
CLEAN Up Australia Day volunteer Debbie Seal was disappointed with the turn-out to clean the banks of the Mary River on Sunday.
The Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee administrator also was disappointed at how the walking trails along the Mary River have been uncared for, esp
ecially after so much work was put into a project to open up the river to the public.
"It is really depressing to see," Ms Seal said. "So many volunteers put thousands of hours into that site and it has been let go."
The banks of the river, which once boasted open walking trails from the weir at Kidd Bridge to the netball courts behind Hungry Jack's, were overgrown and infested with weeds.
"It's wall-to-wall weeds of at least 10 different types," she said.
"I was trying to think of what weed wasn't there."
Ms Seal said she was hoping a federal government election promise to bring in green armies would help fix up the issue.
"We have clung to a hope this will eventuate."
The committee has a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss next week and the river banks will be one of the topics on the table.
"A lot needs to be done, we need an army down there clearing out weeds tackling cat's claw and the like," Ms Seal said.
She also called on Gympie Regional Council to help.
Council had an environment levy and the river banks would be a good place to spend some of that money, she said.
Despite the poor turnout, committee volunteers picked up about 40 bags of rubbish, including wheelie bins and car batteries.
"We didn't get much buy-in from the community," Ms Seal said.
"I don't understand it. Only 11 people turned up. I thought Gympie had a strong community spirit but not when it comes to cleaning up."
She said Gympie's turnout was disappointing, compared to smaller places like Rainbow Beach with 60 volunteers and Pomona with 55.