Queenstown Hill Needs A Rubbish Bin
I am a regular walker of Queenstown Hill. As of late I have started to see a lot of rubbish being left along the side of the track and bags of dog poo. Doing the tidy-kiwi thing I often pick-up rubbish along the way and take it home.
I think is really important to have a rubbish bin at the start of the track so that walkers and guests to the area are aware they have a place to put their rubbish, and dog owners have a place to dispose of their dog waste. I was also disappointed to see people camping up on the track towards the summit, some campers departed before I came down from the summit but left a large bag of rubbish where their tent was pitched.
I understand there are a few factors that influence the management of this such as allocation of resources for DOC, council and private owners of the land, but it would be great if this gem was not ruined by people who litter. Thanks
Response from Anthony Hall, QLDC Principal Enforcement Officer
It is a shame to hear that irresponsible people are having an impact on your enjoyment of Queenstown Hill.
While a rubbish bin at the start of the track does seem like a good idea, the reality of the matter is that it will almost certainly be misused by the same irresponsible people that you describe leaving bags of rubbish, and become an overflowing eyesore. Unfortunately this has become the case in a number of popular spots across the district and while we are looking to remedy this situation, there is no quick fix if people aren’t willing to take responsibility for their own rubbish. QLDC certainly takes a very dim view of those who feel that it’s alight to spoil our beautiful district by not picking up after themselves and we encourage anyone with information regarding this sort of behaviour to contact Council directly on 03 441 0499 so we can follow it up.