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Region's gateway turns into an eyesore

Rubbish spread across rest stop on banks of Goulburn River for weeks.

CHALPAT SONTI February 27, 2014 10:29am

Some of the rubbish at the rest stop.


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A usually-picturesque rest stop on the banks of the Goulburn River was for weeks turned into a virtual rubbish dump, with residents complaining they couldn’t get through to notify the authority responsible for cleaning it up.

The Greenslopes Rd rest stop, just off the Goulburn Valley Hwy at Whiteheads Creek, was a mess — as these pictures show — with residents saying the rubbish had not been collected from the bin or on the ground from some time before Australia Day.

They tried to contact VicRoads, which is responsible for the maintenance of the site, but to no avail so contacted the Telegraph instead.

Prue Smith said getting through to VicRoads was like trying to ‘‘break through the communication barrier’’.

‘‘When I finally got through and made contact with them, nothing happened,’’ she said.

Mrs Smith first broke through on February 7 and told VicRoads the problem. Nothing had happened by February 13 so she called again to be told it would be dealt with but nothing happened. Lara Bell had similar issues trying to get something done — she also called the Environment Protection Authority.

Another regular traveller called it a ‘‘disgraceful mess’’, especially with all eyes on the area during the Jayco Herald Sun cycling tour recently.

The Telegraph took one of these photos on February 17. The next day a truck turned up and cleaned up what remained of the rubbish.

VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting said ‘‘litter control remains an ongoing challenge for VicRoads and local municipalities, especially while some members of the community continue to irresponsibly discard litter’’.

‘‘VicRoads is committed to keeping the state’s road reserves and rest areas it manages clean and tidy,’’ he said.

‘‘We engage contractors to help us meet this commitment and the litter collection for the rest area on the Goulburn Valley Hwy near Greenslopes Rd is undertaken weekly (generally on a Friday).

‘‘We are aware of some recent community complaints regarding litter at this site and our records indicate that these were acted upon within 48 hours of being lodged.’’

VicRoads encouraged anyone who witnessed littering at this site, or along the roadside in general, to either contact VicRoads on 131170 or the EPA through www.epa.vic.gov.au, where significant fines could be issued for litter thrown or dropped from a vehicle.

Mr Kersting said VicRoads would continue to monitor the condition of the site ‘‘to ensure that the appropriate maintenance standards are being met’’.

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