‘More bins please!’

John Powell
John Powell

Chamber reopens lid on bin issue

BEAUDESERT business representatives love Council’s new look bins in the township so much, they want more.

Wheelie bin covers rolled out across Beaudesert CBD feature images promoting the region’s natural beauty with the slogan, ‘Working together to keep the Scenic Rim spectacular’.

Chamber of Commerce President John Powell says the bins look great but do not address the issue of rubbish trashing Beaudesert, which is a key tourist gateway to the Scenic Rim.

The Chamber is continuing to work with Council in a bid to get bins on the northern stretch of Brisbane Street. 

Mr Powell has been in correspondence with Council since 30 March last year after the Beaudesert Bulletin, which is a Chamber member, raised the issue at a Chamber meeting following calls from local businesses.

Currently there are no Council bins north of Davidson Park, opposite the post office.

It leaves a gap covering a big part of Beaudesert CBD including fast food outlets, a pub and bottle shop, major supermarkets, cafes, health services, retail and office spaces, service stations and car yards.

In his initial correspondence to Council CEO David Keenan, Mr Powell flagged the concentration of fast-food outlets in the area, the lack of rubbish bins and the general lack of community pride demonstrated by those who drop the rubbish.

At the time, Council said it was reviewing its placement of bins, was happy to be part of a joint approach to community education and concerns about the northern end of Brisbane Street would be ‘considered in future planning’.

After Mr Powell followed up on the issue, Council on December 5 responded that installing bins on the north of Brisbane Street was not considered to be an efficient use of its budget.

Council highlighted new bin enclosures as one of its waste education initiatives and reiterated it would be happy to be part of community education discussions.

In response to questions from the Bulletin about whether this means Council will not install any bins on the north of Brisbane Street, Council did not rule out more bins.

“Council is currently reviewing the requirement for public use bins in this location,” a spokesperson wrote.

“Council has previously advised the Chamber that it is happy to work with them regarding waste education and initiatives such as tidy towns and we are continuing to develop our waste education program including those aspects related to littering.

“Bins are provided in locations that are maintained by Council for use by the community. At this point in time Council does not maintain areas for community use at the north end of Brisbane Street.”

Mr Powell said the Chamber would keep advocating for more bins.

“The new look bins are good, but they don’t solve the problem at the northern end of Brisbane Street, and we’d like to see more bins where there’s obviously a problem,” he said.

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