post Trashing Copley

February 29th, 2008

Filed under: Bits and Pieces — newseditor @ 12:10 pm



Someone has been dumping domestic rubbish on the commons near North Terrace. There are plenty of ways to dispose of garbage in Copley. Everyone knows someone with a car and trailer. Aroona Council have a trailer for hire. CDEP do a rubbish collection once a week. Every inch of earth is sacred and worth caring for. There is no excuse for crapping on your community and nobody wants to see your garbage blowing through the streets. Clean up your act, litterbug!

Of course, if you think it’s ok to dump trash on the side of the road, have your say and leave a comment.


  1. This is an awful occurence and not part of the vision…the rubbish includes clothes and domestic waste. I thought dumping of rubbish was illegal?…if it does’nt stop we may need to call in the local constabulary…not a nice job but also a horrible to see the beautiful commons used as a rubbish tip while so many people are working their butts off to build a healthier community.

    Comment by Nigel — March 7, 2008 @ 12:42 pm

  2. Community Gold Star award to Patrick who has acted with great community spirit and resources to make clean again the commons. Common sense says not to dump rubbish anywhere, especially the commons! Thankyou Patrick for your prompt action to keep the commons beautiful!

    Comment by Nigel — March 11, 2008 @ 9:14 pm

  3. ShAmE, ShaMe, Shame…..

    Good on You PaTrick.

    Comment by KicKiNg BiRd — March 21, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

  4. If we had a rubbish run on a regular basis, this would not have occurred, don’t you think? Funding is available to Progress Associations for just such a community service, along with flood management. It certainly isn’t a healthy community which does not look to rubbish removal within it’s town. Not everyone has access or the physical capacity to load a trailer, or have a vehicle to tow a trailer. Come on ‘governing, ruling body’ what are you doing for this town?

    Comment by di — March 25, 2008 @ 10:10 am

  5. Could we take this a step further and look at the mountain of
    excess waste that we add to every time we accept over
    packaged items?
    Make a statement and leave it at the shop[s] and tell them
    the excess is neither needed nor welcome?
    Take your own bags to the shops and refuse plastic bags.
    Grow your own food and trade with other folk who are
    doing the same.
    Unwanted clothes can be turned into rags for the workshop,
    food scraps can be made into valuable compost.
    The list could go on…

    Comment by KiCkiNg BiRd — March 25, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

  6. Yes we can take this as far as we like! Write to senator Fielding of family first ( and give him support for introducing legislation to do the ‘right thing’…I wrote in all sincerity to the packaging covenant (covenant!!) to get guidance and I never heard back…its very refreshing to see a senator dressed up in fancy ‘bottle’ attire promoting the environment. Maybe its time Kevin Rudd dressed himself up as a ‘pumpkin’ and started promoting the idea of growing ones own local food. Im sick of hearing all of his ‘grand schemes’ and all of Ross Garnauts plans to bury the waste of industry in the cooper basin (our neighborhood) when none of these politicians except the recent Fielding example are looking at the “demand side” of the consumption equation which is where the real answer to the greenhouse dilemma resides. When the big end of town has its hands in the pockets of our politicians this is not surprising – consumption=waste=profit – until honesty prevails we can have ‘expert’ economists pump out ‘interim reports’ until the cows come home…the truth is that human beings have existed for 10s of 1000s of years without x boxes, plasma TVs, and Fujitsu reverse cycle air conditioners! Right on Kicking bird!!!

    Comment by Nigel — March 26, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  7. Thank you Nigel, I will write with support.
    Interesting idea, maybe we need to make that suggestion to
    Consumerism madness will be our demise.
    Lets be revolting – imagine if the whole world didn’t spend for
    just one month – the mind boggles.
    What is it with the men in suits in Canberra? They really do need to walk bare foot on this beautiful piece of the world and feel the elements on their faces and visualize it as toxic dumping grounds……
    Lets get a fresh food co-op going….

    Comment by KiCkinG BiRd — March 26, 2008 @ 10:32 pm

  8. in this place of total beauty
    of starry sky and stark land
    of ants and flies all crawling round
    the packaging goes westward
    we fill screw-tops with our food

    ole jaws takes cans and bottles
    the garden takes the scraps
    paper and cardboard feeds the fire
    when fire is allowed to be
    but all that plastic wrapping
    where is it meant to be?

    glass litters each acre around us
    rusting metal crunches underfoot
    tin flies through the air on windy days
    wire tangles round paws and hoofs
    plastic flags flutter on each fence
    why can’t we clean it up?

    poisoned dogs left on the common
    cats and kittens withered bodies there
    the refuse of our lives pushed away
    to litter our space to recreate
    rotting, smelling, making more flies
    even the earth refuses them

    what have we become in this town
    consumers, uncaring, refusers?
    dumping around us what we don’t want
    for others to trip and injure there
    if we don’t care why should another
    come dump your toxic waste…here

    show some pride some guardianship
    in this land around your town
    and in it too behind your fence
    not scattered spreading on the path
    get organised and sensible too
    recycle all you don’t want

    let’s work together for common good
    unite this town of ours
    take pride in our community
    for all to see our care
    in ourselves, our homes, our town
    our land, our country, our earth

    Comment by di Smaid — March 30, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

  9. WaY tO Go…..

    Comment by KiCkiNg BiRd — March 31, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

  10. I spent some time yesterday picking up all the scattered debris and broken bottles littered and blown under the bushes along Brown Street. An obvious extension of this activity would be for each person to be responsible for the area just outside their fence and if you wish, further along your street. I would suggest a pair of thick gloves and a rake to get under the bushes.
    Certainly, it would be prevented if the people coming back from the shops took their rubbish home with them. We missed Clean-up Australia due to the heat in the beginning of March, but we could do a Clean-up Copley day instead. When the tourists drive around to see your murals, and the obvious pride taken in their creation, it is distracting to see rubbish blowing all over the street and even up against the murals. We are proud of our town…aren’t we?

    Comment by Ruby Ish — April 25, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

  11. I have to confess that I was caught red handed this afternoon, dumping something in someone’s front yard. I thought I had managed to get away with it, but when I turned around to walk back into my yard the resident was walking across the road from the Chapel. She forgave me though! 😉

    Comment by Rose — May 18, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

  12. I would hardly call that rubbish Rose….it was a welcome addition to my puny gardening efforts….now in the ground at the back door so richness can enter there as well. You provided the richness already in being a wonderful neighbour…thank you

    Comment by di — May 31, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

  13. Lol I know it wasn’t rubbish Di, but I had intended to leave it there & let you wonder where it came from. But I got sprung, well & truly! 😉

    Comment by Rose — May 31, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

  14. For those of you that aren’t “in” on the joke here, I will explain. I had a chinese jade bush in a pot that was surplus to my needs. I had planned on just “dumping” it in Di’s yard & sneaking quietly away, to let her wonder from whence it came.

    Comment by Rose — June 1, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

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