Graham Hansen checks out the mess at one of the two bins at the truck stop near the Yeppen roundabout.
Graham Hansen checks out the mess at one of the two bins at the truck stop near the Yeppen roundabout. File

Roadside rubbish worsens

SIX months after Graham Hansen raised concerns about the state of roadside rubbish at one of Rockhampton’s main entrances, the situation is worse than before.

Graham has labelled the problem between Gracemere and Rockhampton 'disgusting' and has called on authorities to do more to keep the area tidy near the Yeppen roundabout.

On Friday he said it was clear more bins needed to be provided in an area on the Gracemere side of the roundabout that was a popular stopping place for truckies and travellers.

“It’s bad publicity for the area,” Graham said.

“There’s one wheelie bin on each side of the road and it’s not enough.

“There’s that much rubbish around the bins it could easily fill another couple of bins.”

He said the bins had been overflowing for three Thursdays in the past month when he’d passed.

“If travellers are stopping along there and they have a car load of rubbish, where are they supposed to put it all?” Graham said.

He said the price of a few more bins or a big bin would be well worth it.

In August last year the Department of Transport and Main Roads spent three weeks and more than $10,000 collecting litter between the Yeppen roundabout and Gracemere.

Even though the department acknowledges the litter problem is back, there are no plans for additional wheelie bins.

A department spokeswoman said wheelie bins were provided for litter collection at the Yeppen roundabout and other known stopping places across Queensland’s state-controlled highways and major roads.

“These bins are provided for motorists to responsibly dispose of small items such as fast-food wrappers and bottles accumulated during long journeys,” the spokeswoman said.

She said the department would continue to maintain the existing litter facilities and undertake litter clearance along the highway as part of its regular maintenance works, but ruled out any new bins.

“No new bins will be installed at this location as the current bins should provide suitable capacity, as long as they are used by motorists and the community in a sensible manner,” the spokeswoman said.

“In 2007, the Queensland Government introduced new littering laws and motorists caught disposing of rubbish inappropriately risk a $300 fine.”



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