As a resident of Greigs Flat, I was appalled and angered to find some low life had dumped their rubbish at the very popular swimming hole on the Yowaka River. This occurred some time between 6pm Sunday, February 28, and 9am Monday, February 29.
It's not just the normal McDonald’s that gets thrown out regularly, it's carpet, clothes, scooters, fishing nets, Christmas decorations and so on.
This is not acceptable and is very upsetting to the locals who use it every day; some people have no respect for others or the environment.
My nine-year-old daughter is so upset by the rubbish left, she collected a bag full last week before she could even enter the water.
And to see this today her worry was for the animals that could be injured and the people left to clean it up.
Open letter to Mayor Michael Britten and councillors.
As a long time resident of Merimbula and Pambula, may I draw your attention to several matters of concern to me and many other residents and visitors.
I notice there is now one dump point at the Bega Showground for refuse from caravans, campervans and motor homes.
But what is happening to much-needed dump points in the three tourist townships of Merimbula, Pambula and Eden, where caravans and mobile homes frequent far more than Bega?
My suggested points were Merimbula next to the toilets near the boat launching ramp, Pambula at the present public toilets at the rear of the shopping centre, and Eden at the block of toilets near the Scout Hall, with all these sites offering adequate caravan parking.
I have waited at least four years for this to happen, but not a murmur to the best of my knowledge.
Meanwhile, Pambula is in need of more allocated disabled parking areas, as there is only one outside the delicatessen, and another at the bottom of the main street below Wild Rye Bakery.
No matter which may be available, it is a steep walk up or down to the chemist, post office, newsagency and so on for the many residents and visitors with disabilities coming to the very busy village centre.
My suggestion from experience as a driver with a handicap, is allocating one outside the front of the chemist and another opposite at the post office, which were previously bus stops.
There is also a desperate need to re-open the toilets at the rear of the Pambula Hall to service people using the highway, shopping at the top end of town, or enjoying the historical sights.
One set of toilets situated at the rear of the shopping centre is totally inadequate for public use.
The only thing “green” about Merimbula’s supposed “green space” is in the name Robert Green, whose company appears set to be the major beneficiary of the long-standing Mobil saga.
For those with short memories, Bega Valley Shire Council resolved to acquire the former Mobil petrol station site back in 2009, primarily to secure access to one third of the land required to facilitate the planned construction of the Merimbula Bypass.
Notwithstanding council’s original stated intention to turn two-thirds of the Mobil site into a public “green space”, somehow the contract of sale contained an explicit requirement that the site be covered with a hard surface.
While Merimbula will get its long-promised bypass, sadly the people of Merimbula will not wind-up with the promised and much needed public “green space”, but instead just another plaza that will serve Mr Green’s commercial interests.
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