It was an appalling sight. On one side of Boat Harbour at Hurstone Park, sat around six Little Black Cormorants & an assortment of other birds safe in the bird sanctuary created on this peninsula. On the other peninsula, right at the edge, sat a burnt out car.
The car had impounded stickers stuck to it by Canterbury Council. Naturally all the grass was burnt or dead. Particularly awful was the smell & the shattered glass that surrounded the car. It was obvious that much of this has been blasted into the river.
The juxtaposition between the beauty of nature & this apocalyptic sight was profound. I wondered what sort of person would drive a car to this setting & set fire to it. Not someone who respected the river that is for sure.
There is something horribly wrong with a section of our community in my opinion. I have seen televisions dumped in the river. Shopping trolleys are a normal sight. Three-seater lounges have also found their way into the Cooks River, though it must have been a trial to cart them there. Walk or ride the length of the river & the amount & variety of visible garbage in the river is a sobering sight. Why do people do this? It is beyond my comprehension.
Now is a good time for Canterbury Council to make the smaller peninsula a bird sanctuary to match the other side. Granted, it will cost more because a fence needs to be placed along the side of the canoe ramp, but it would be worth the expense.