THE problem of illegal rubbish dumping continues to rear its ugly head.
In the latest case to come across the desk of the Readers’ Champ, a Ross Creek resident has taken a series of photographs of dumpings around or in the Enfield State Forest in the past couple of weeks.
He has had years of banging his head against brick walls with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency and Golden Plains Shire about illegal activity in the forest and yet the problem is getting worse.
“I’ve just taken these photos in the last two to three weeks,” he said.
“With some of the rubbish, it’s like they’ve cleaned a flat or a house out. Some of it appeared last week. Some of the other stuff appeared in the last few months.”
These dumping sites from the past three weeks in the Enfield State Forest are surely just a drop in the ocean when it comes to the total number of similar sites across the region.
A new resident to Ballarat has been left with a bad taste in his mouth after vandals smashed the window of his van when it was parked on Wendouree Parade last week.
John Hanrahan was born in Ballarat and returned to the city only three weeks ago after 30 years away.
He wants to raise awareness of vandalism, especially after police told him the problem was quite common around the lake area.
His van was targeted about 2.30am on Wednesday and was full of equipment for a new business he is starting in Ballarat.
The van had an alarm and nothing was stolen.
“It puts a bad taste in your mouth to think you’re going to have people breaking into your van to try and steal stuff out of it,” he said.
After hearing about John’s situation a local smash repair business said it would help him out by fitting his new window free of charge.
Our worst road?
Could the Daylesford-Clunes Road in Smeaton be our worst road?
One reader describes the conditions on the road as a tragedy waiting to happen and “extremely dangerous, especially for anyone who is not a local and is unfamiliar with the disgusting condition of the road”.
Buses and many trucks also travel this stretch of road.