JENNIFER Heron is your typical Toowoomba mum.

She wants the best for her children and her community, even if that means going out of her own way.

What she doesn't want is drug users frequenting a children's park.

Cleaning up after her four children is no easy task, but Ms Heron's near-daily clean up of rubbish and drug paraphernalia including "20 baggies a week" from a Mount Lofty park has prompted her to send a message to those trashing her neighbourhood:

"Just clean up your act," she said.

Describing what has become an almost daily routine, Ms Heron detailed her finds at the Andrew Street Park to The Chronicle. She says she collected "20 baggies" used to hold drugs from five trips last week.

Jennifer Heron ( pictured with her son Christopher Heron ) is concerned with the drug paraphenalia discarded in Andrew St Park. Monday, 29th Jan, 2018.
Jennifer Heron ( pictured with her son Christopher Heron ) is concerned with the drug paraphenalia discarded in Andrew St Park. Monday, 29th Jan, 2018. Nev Madsen

Some of the drug paraphernalia was just metres from swings and slides.

"It is mostly the little bags but I find needles, pipes and and makeshift Coke cans that are obviously used for something," she said.

It was the city's lush green parks and schools that enticed Ms Heron to uproot her family from Hervey Bay to the Garden City last year.

Spending hours of her own time taking bags and collecting the rubbish week after week, Ms Heron just wants Toowoomba's proud reputation to remain.

After her experiences this past month, however, she believes visitors from across Queensland may think twice travelling up the Range unless something is done.

"It is a tourism concern because it is definitely damaging," Ms Heron warned.

"None of (the parks) should have anything like this there.

Jennifer Heron vents her frustrations at the state of Andrew St park on Facebook.
Jennifer Heron vents her frustrations at the state of Andrew St park on Facebook. Contributed

"I was a little bit surprised because this seems like a really nice neighbourhood.

"It is definitely not something I expected."

Ms Heron noted how the park has a number of bins, with one "smack bang in the middle".

All she wants, she said, is a clean place for her children to play in the future.

"It needs to be stopped," she said.

"It is two blocks down from a school too which is also concerning."



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