A build-up of leaves and tree rubbish is a common sight at stormwater drains near the Wonthaggi Woolworths carpark. rg092816

A build-up of leaves and tree rubbish is a common sight at stormwater drains near the Wonthaggi Woolworths carpark. rg092816

A WONTHAGGI business owner is fed up with the tree rubbish spread throughout Murray Street from trees at the Woolworths carpark.
For a number of years, Fiona Fleming has had to cop leaves and tree rubbish blowing across the road from the nearby Woolworths carpark into the front doors of her business, Wonthaggi Newsagency and Lotto.
The rubbish has also shown up at the back of her building, throughout the Ritchie’s IGA carpark and fills stormwater drains in the area.
Fiona has contacted the Bass Coast Shire Council about the issue but has been left less than impressed by the response.
The council’s street sweeper cleans the streets of Wonthaggi’s CBD on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but the Woolworths carpark is left unswept and untidy.
Council’s Manager Infrastructure Maintenance, Damian Blackford said it is the responsibility of the property owner to clean within its property boundaries.
“Council has recently spoken to the store manager requesting them to keep the car park tidy, however isn’t able to issue an infringement notice in this instance,” Mr Blackford said.
“Council is approached by various businesses throughout the shire to perform pavement cleaning within their properties.
“Council is unable to offer these services to business operators or property owners and provides contacts for several contractors who offer these services within the region.”
But Ms Fleming is unconvinced and believes the council must act on the issue.
“We need them to keep the area maintained, if they keep it cleaned up its going to help the drainage and the whole area,” she said.
“It’s a case of the shire has not got back to me and Woolworths haven’t done anything about it, so now the shire’s got to put the pressure on Woolworths – they’re a big corporation, too bad!
“We have to keep our places clean and tidy, so why don’t they?”
A council spokesperson said Local Law states ‘An owner or occupier of any land must not cause or allow the land to be kept in a manner which is unsightly or detrimental to the general amenity of the neighbourhood in which it is located’.
Under this law, property owners must not allow their land to be:
• kept in a manner which is dangerous or likely to cause danger to life or property; or
• unsightly or detrimental to the general amenity of the neighbourhood because it harbours unconstrained rubbish, derelict vehicles or contains waste material; or
• likely to constitute a fire hazard because weeds, stubble or grass exceeds 30cm in height; or
• likely to cause a nuisance because of the existence of regionally prohibited or regionally controlled weeds or has on it European wasp nests.
Council has inspected the car park and the general business zone and is satisfied with the condition of the area.
A Woolworths spokesperson said Woolworths takes cleanliness within its supermarket perimeters seriously and encourages customers to speak to the team if they have any concerns.
“We have engaged a contractor for ongoing garden maintenance including sweeping and leaf removal around the footpaths and kerbs,” he said.
“In addition, our Woolies team members will also ensure the car park is kept clean and tidy with morning and afternoon patrols.”