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July 24, 2010

Liverpool Leader

Residents tell council to clean up Chipping Norton Lake

Hughes Labor candidate Brent Thomas hands the petition to Mayor Wendy Waller at Chipping Norton Lake

Hughes Labor candidate Brent Thomas hands the petition to Mayor Wendy Waller at Chipping Norton Lake

MORE than 200 people have signed a petition calling on Liverpool Council to clean up Chipping Norton Lake.

Inspired by the Liverpool Leader’s reports on rubbish washing up on the foreshore, Hughes Labor candidate Brent Thomas organised the petition.

Mayor Wendy Waller took delivery of it at Grand Flaneur Beach recently on a day when the water was clear but the foreshore was littered with plastic bottles.

The petition calls on Liverpool Council to stop ignoring the rubbish polluting the lake and foreshore.

“We call on Liverpool Council to ensure the lake’s area is cleaned up on a regular basis,” the petition said.

“We ask that council improve its overall level of service to ratepayers in this area.”

The handover of the petition comes just as the park is about to be passed to the State Government to be managed as a state park.

The Federal Government has rejected a Greens Bill to introduce a national container deposit levy on all plastic bottles. This strategy would ensure 90 per cent of rubbish was kept out of the lake system, Cr Peter Harle said.

But this idea was rejected at a recent meeting of federal and state environment ministers.

Cr Waller also supported the idea and rejected the notion it would add to the cost of recycling.

She agreed more frequent cleaning of pollution traps around the lake would also help but this was not as important as stopping rubbish getting into the Georges River system.

“Increased maintenance schedules would mean increased costs but I’m hopeful now the State Government is involved it will fund this,” she said.

Mr Thomas said he would also like to see the government fund regular maintenance of the pollution traps.

“And I’m pleased with the constructive approach the mayor has taken to this problem,” he said.

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