Unit owners ordered to clean up
MARYBOROUGH man Allan Hale has lived in his John St home for more than 30 years, and until recently never had a problem with the area.
But a unit block adjacent to Mr Hale's home is kicking up a stink, filling the 83-year-old's home with the smell of garbage every Monday.
The offending unit block, which is located across the street from Mr Hale's home has more than 15 rubbish bins, Mr Hale said.
"I know that rubbish smells," Mr Hale said.
"But they leave the bins there all week long, and come bin collection day they are spread across the side-walk.
"It's disgusting, the rubbish just falls on to the pavement and stays there for days."
Mr Hale said the line of bins wasn't just causing a stink; it was a safety hazard too.
"This part of John St is used all the time by people walking into town," he said.
"Every day there are school children passing them, and some of them have to walk on to the road to get past.
"It's a real eyesore for the street."
It has taken more than eight complaints for the council to take formal action Mr Hale said, after the owner of the unit block was ordered to move their bins in from the street.
Fraser Coast Regional Mayor Mick Kruger said the council had issued a compliance notice to the offending unit block last week to ensure the bins were removed from the footpath within 24 hours of being collected.
"The residents have 28 days to comply with the order," Cr Kruger said.
"The council will be monitoring the situation."
Mr Hale said he was looking forward to the day when the unsightly mess was removed.
"It will be nice to have the street back."