TAngler Bin & warning sign in Kendrick Park

TAngler Bin & warning sign in Kendrick Park

We had a ride along the Cooks River last weekend so I decided to lookout for the new TAngler Bins Marrickville Council installed in Tempe Reserve, Kendrick Park & on the riverbank at Mackey Park.

My first impression was that they are a clever idea, but at high risk of vandalism as they have a bottom that unscrews.  I could imagine the bottom finding its way into the river quick-smart.

What was excellent & not something I expected was a sign above the TAngler Bin that explained that any fish caught should be returned to the river & not eaten because they are not safe for consumption.  Even better, this information was written in 13 languages.  This is very important as fishing for dinner has become the norm along the river.   It’s hard for me to think of the poor kids being served up Cooks River fish while toxic metals (defined as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, selenium & zinc) are being stored in their growing brains.  Here is an excellent page on heavy metals & human health – http://bit.ly/14sb2hc

Close-up of sign warning to not eat fish or shellfish from the Cooks River

Close-up of sign warning to not eat fish or shellfish from the Cooks River

The sign is just as important as the bins because of awareness-raising & I applaud Council for doing this.

The bin in Mackey Park has been placed where repeated littering from fishing occurs.  In Kendrick Park the bin has been placed where it doesn’t impede on views & it won’t take anglers long to notice it.

The placement of the bins at Tempe Reserve was disappointing.  Tempe Reserve is a big park surrounded on three sides by water so two bins don’t go far.  Unfortunately, both bins have been installed in areas where few people fish & not at the two most popular fishing sites.

One bin was placed at what could be described as the western point.  People do fish there, but not in large numbers.  50-metres away is a large picnic kiosk, which is a popular place for anglers.  It is not uncommon to see 15 rods or more on most weekends with all their supplies, food & drink set up in the kiosk.  Yes, they could easily walk 50-metres to the bin, but I doubt they would even know it is there.

The second bin is another 50-metres away at the edge of the saltwater wetland.  It is uncommon to see people fish here.  About 100-metres ahead is the eastern point & the most popular section of the park.  People gather there for the barbeques, the children’s playground & to fish.  Again, I doubt the users of the eastern point would know of this bin’s existence & even if they did, I doubt they would do a 200-metre round trip to dispose of their line.   Importantly these people are not getting information about the risks of eating any fish they catch.

Both bins in Tempe Reserve had been tampered with.  The first had its bottom only slightly screwed on & the second had no bottom at all.  That has obviously been used as a frisby & is somewhere in the environment or the Cooks River.  Once again, vandals destroy something good.

Better TAngler Bins than no bins.  I hope that I am being unduly pessimistic.

This is the second most popular fishing spot in Tempe Reserve

This is the second most popular fishing spot in Tempe Reserve.  One TAngler Bin is about 50-metres ahead & another about 50-metres in the other direction.  See map image below.

TAngler Bin next to the saltwater wetland.  The most popular fishing spot on the eastern point of Tempe Reserve is not able to be seen at the end of this  path

TAngler Bin next to the saltwater wetland.  The path on the right takes you to the eastern point & the most popular fishing location in Tempe Reserve.  It is too far away to be seen in this photo.  I don’t remember a warning sign in this location.

The yellow arrows show the location of the TAngler Bins.  The red arrow on the left is the popular fishing spot at the kiosk. The red arrow on the right shows the eastern point of Tempe Reserve where most fishing is done.

The yellow arrows show the location of the TAngler Bins. The red arrow on the left is the popular fishing spot at the kiosk. The red arrow on the right shows the eastern point of Tempe Reserve where most fishing is done.

If Council ever got a chance for another TAngler Bin this location next to the railway underpass near Tempe Railway Station would be excellent.  Two fishing lines were not visible in this photo I took last weekend.

If Council ever got a chance for another TAngler Bin this location next to the railway underpass near Tempe Railway Station would be an excellent site as it is very popular fishing spot.   6 rods were here when I passed last weekend.

Sunday 25th 2013 – Thank you to the organisation (Marrickville Council or OceanWatch Australia) for making sure that the screw bottom on the TAngler Bins in all four locations along the Cooks River has been fixed so it cannot be tossed away into the river.  This is a great solution to stopping vandalism.

The wire ensure that the bottom cannot be detached form the TAngler Bin.  A great solution.

The wire ensures that the bottom cannot be detached form the TAngler Bin. A great solution.

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