I think many people in Canowindra would agree that we have a community treasure in our recreational complex – the football oval, skate park and adjacent exercise equipment and great new concrete running track.
But it’s depressing to see the disdain that many users, young and old, show for the facility in the constant streams of litter they dump there – especially the spectators at the weekend football matches, who scatter soft drink cans, beer bottles, sweet wrappers, plastic pop bottles, fast food containers and tissues right alongside their parked cars around the oval.
On top of it all, the area around the skate park is often littered with beer bottles and packaging from Friday night booze fests. The running and exercise area is also becoming infested with crisp bags and crumpled cans.
It’s could be said that Cabonne Council is partly to blame. At the moment, there’s just one solitary white waste bin for the entire complex, and surely the council must appreciate that many more are needed for such a big public area.
Then again, the visitors probably wouldn’t use them if they’re prepared to dump their rubbish instead of taking it home in their cars.
The problem requires many more bins and a public awareness campaign – something along the lines of illustrated signs reading “Binnit – Init” and encouraging users to “Help Keep Canowindra Clean.”
At the moment the amount of litter is a disgrace, and it can only get much worse if nothing is done about it.