Rubbish dumping angers Glenfield residents ahead of clean-up day in Geraldton

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Household rubbish and an old car body dumped in Glenfield, Geraldton.
Camera IconHousehold rubbish and an old car body dumped in Glenfield, Geraldton. Credit: Heather Beswick

Geraldton residents have taken to social media to voice their outrage as people continue to dump rubbish on a vacant block in Glenfield.

The privately owned block on the west side of Chapman Road sits next to Rum Jungle, a triangular strip of bushland that has been used as an illegal dumping ground for years.

But the City of Greater Geraldton, with help from the community, has started cleaning up Rum Jungle, recently removing invasive African boxthorn plants, dumped white goods and car bodies.

Later this month residents will pick up rubbish as part of Clean up Australia Day.

Household rubbish recently dumped on a vacant block in Glenfield, Geraldton.
Camera IconHousehold rubbish recently dumped on a vacant block in Glenfield, Geraldton. Credit: Supplied, Heather Beswick

Although the event will just focus on the 1.4ha City-owned block, organiser Heather Beswick said she hopes the clean-up will have a flow-on effect to neighbouring land.

“Hopefully we can restore some of that beautiful bush back to where it was and give it back to the animals that live there,” she said.

“I think it’s already opened the area up, making it more visible and more difficult for people to dump rubbish.

“Hopefully it will raise awareness for people to keep their eyes and ears out, and if they see anything they can report it to the City.”

The clean-up will start at 8am on Sunday, May 26.

On the day, participants will be able to find out how to become a litter reporter, a confidential program by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council.

Ms Beswick encouraged everyone to get involved and said reporting offenders was easy.

“It’s anonymous and if there’s sufficient information they can fine people for dumping rubbish,” she said.

Garden waste, household appliances and car parts have been dumped on a vacant block in Glenfield, Geraldton.
Camera IconGarden waste, household appliances and car parts have been dumped on a vacant block in Glenfield, Geraldton. Credit: Heather Beswick

“There’s no excuse for dumping rubbish there; if people can take the effort to drive there, they can take their rubbish to the tip or put it in the bin.”

“This is about changing behaviours and the way people think, and saying this is not acceptable.”

Residents can also use the City of Greater Geraldton’s Snap, Send, Solve mobile phone app to report illegal dumping.

Rum Jungle has been registered on the Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s Adopt-a-Spot program.

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