TOURIST Shirley Nyland loves Biloela, all except one thing – rubbish.
The Gold Coast woman, in town visiting her son, said that on her daily morning walk she picked up rubbish left in Melton Park.
While walking her dog, Shirley finds rum cans, beer bottles, cigarette butts, takeaway food containers and, on one occasion, a condom wrapper – littered all over the park.
“You have a lovely, little friendly town and I love coming here but people need to do the right thing,” Shirley told Central Telegraph while sweeping up more rubbish in the park last week.
The 75-year-old said with four bins in the park, there was no excuse for so much rubbish being left on the ground.
“It's not council's responsibility – they do a lot. It's up to individuals. It does not take long to put it in a bin,” she said.
“People just don't care. Look after what you've got – how easy is it to put it in the bin?
“I'm not mad, just sad. This park is a wonderful facility.
“I am worried about little children with no shoes on who come play in the park.”
The Red Cross volunteer said signs might be needed to remind people to use the bins.
Shirley said she has visited Biloela several times to see her son, Biloela police officer Senior Sergeant Nick Paton.
“It's nice and peaceful. The shops close on Saturday and don't open until Monday morning.”
Shirley suggested maybe getting schools involved and students creating gardens in the park.
“Beautify it – don't destroy it,” she said.