Resident's plan to clean up beach
LILA Muir has picked up a simple idea to help keep our beaches and parklands rubbish-free.
And she wants to see her initiative go nation-wide.
The Emu Park resident and keen daily walker yesterday said she always saw bits of rubbish either washed ashore or left by the influx of visitors during the holiday season.
Each day she would collect the rubbish and found there was a need to have plastic bags available to walkers and beach visitors which they could use to gather their rubbish, or collect rubbish lying on the beach, before taking it to the wheelie bins.
"I thought of the doggie bags that council has made accessible to dog owners.
"I thought, 'why can't we have a dispenser with biodegradable bags to collect litter made accessible to those that walk the beaches?'" she said.
"I spoke to a couple of locals and felt that they understood that there was a need ... I made my very own interim dispenser to hold bags for those that wish to support the idea of rubbish collection on our beaches."
She mounted the makeshift bucket of bags on a fence near the outdoor shower on the Emu Park Main Beachfront and was ecstatic when she noticed it had been used on a regular basis since.
Lila has written to councillors and even Queensland Premier Anna Bligh suggesting the initiative could be implemented across the state, if not the nation.
"I feel the need to develop this further than just Emu Park and Capricorn Coast beaches. Why can't this be presented on a wider scale?" she asked.
"I feel through advertising and promotion of the idea, we can all make this work."
A Rockhampton Regional Council spokeswoman said wheelie bin service and litter and park maintenance was provided to the Emu Park foreshore and park area.
She said council increased these services at peak times of the year.