This was Tempe Reserve at 4.30pm yesterday after a community festival was held here last Easter Saturday. Words fail me. This is not okay for the community who did this, or for the people who come to relax in the park & it is definitely not okay for the wildlife & the Cooks River where a lot of this garbage ends up.
I do not understand how they could have walked away leaving such a mess. Nor do I understand why communities are allowed to hire this area when they leave such a mess & put the river at a huge risk. Surely it is reasonable to expect respectful use of the space & that it be left in the condition it was given to them.
As a minimum, organizations that hire our public spaces & disrespect them should be made to pay an upfront fee in order to cover the cost of cleaning up after them.
It was not a place suitable for community use yesterday – on a sunny Easter weekend when it is expected that a lot of people will go to the park. We don’t go to the park to sit or play amidst other people’s litter.
Tomorrow is Earth Day where we celebrate this great planet that we live on & the environment. It’s obvious that there is still a long way to go in terms of some people respecting the environment.
I made a short video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKHi2TT9jbc