20 January 2023

Eurobodalla Council will trial rapid-response team in preparation for Australia Day

| James Day
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Two bins and a trolley full of rubbish

When dedicated bins were at full capacity, members of the public used trolleys to store their rubbish over the New Year’s break in Batemans Bay. Photo: Eurobodalla Council.

The Eurobodalla Council has announced it will trial a rapid-response team for the coming Easter and Australia Day holidays in response to the overwhelming amount of rubbish left behind in Batemans Bay’s CBD over the New Year’s break.

An emergency team was sent to the Batemans Bay waterfront and areas of Narooma over the festive break after multiple calls were made to the council.

People called to inform the council of locked public toilets and that trolleys were being used in place of bins, which were at capacity.

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The council’s new general manager Warwick Winn said at the time that cleaning contractor Cleanaway had “let them down”, and the 22 extra bins placed in preparation had not been sufficient.

In preparation for the upcoming Australia Day weekend, Mr Winn said: “We will again have additional bins and have asked Cleanaway to do additional emptying in high-volume areas.

“We’ll also trial a rapid-response team to keep an eye on things and take action if the extra bins and collections aren’t enough. They’ll also act as a point of contact with the public to help council better understand why so much litter is being generated.”

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To address the “ongoing issue” of public toilets, the council-staffed team will be ensuring they are open and in good order.

Over the weekend, they will be based at the Batemans Bay foreshore and CBD, but the team will be reviewed after this trial to ensure the Eurobodalla shire is ready for the following busy Easter holiday period.

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