Pollies caught leaving litter after promoting clean-up day

COUNCILLOR Robert Garland and Mayor Gerard O'Connell have been caught leaving rubbish on the road after posing for photos to promote Clean Up Australia Day.

On Monday Crs O'Connell and Garland met at Craignish Rd to launch the Clean-Up Australia campaign.

The councillors posed for photos while picking up rubbish dumped on the side of the road.

Craignish resident Darrell Searle with Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell and deputy mayor Robert Garland. Cr Garland and O'Connell left the bag at the site after the photo.
Craignish resident Darrell Searle with Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell and deputy mayor Robert Garland. Cr Garland and O'Connell left the bag at the site after the photo. Contributed

It was revealed on Facebook the pair finished the media opportunity and left the site, leaving their bag of rubbish next to a dumped mattress.

"Brickbats to the local pollies getting their publicity-op for a certain clean-up day," the post read.

"You didn't clean up the rest mess and you even left behind your clean-up bag."

After the Chronicle questioned the reasons for leaving the bag behind, Cr Garland said it was "left behind pending pick up" and would be a priority to collect it.

"A crew will pick it up as soon as possible," he said.

"The effort has been on storm damage clean up and public safety."