Unwelcome sights

Residents Jill Willis and Carolyn Sheridan are against the proposed development.|Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d400471
Residents Jill Willis and Carolyn Sheridan are against the proposed development.|Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d400471

The new extended Great Eastern Highway is a pleasure to drive down, and I commend the Barnett Government for pushing forward this move.

The addition of native trees, new paths and sculptures does the gateway to the city from the airport proud.

However, what tourists see before this road needs to be improved.

I drive through the intersection of Great Eastern Highway and Tonkin Highway, outside the domestic terminal, daily, and through Brearley Avenue often, and the state of the roadside and bush area is a disgrace.

The rubbish from drivers throwing fast-food wrappers, plastic and glass bottles and general rubbish is disgusting and is not being cleared.

It’s embarrassing and a terrible reflection of how beautiful our State is.

In addition to the rubbish from drivers, the window-washers who greet our interstate travellers with swearing, dirty river water and who knows what else, leave cans and cigarette butts on the side of the road for all to see.

The washers, aged between 12 and 27, leave behind rubbish, ruin the already existing grass, have damaged a fence designed to separate the path from the grass area and make many residents of the area feel unsafe.

I understand that this issue is not going to be one for the State Government, or Perth Airport, but one for the City of Belmont.

I have witnessed on more than one occasion ‘maintenance’ of this intersection by Belmont City workers.

The lawn is mowed, but the rubbish is not removed.

It is left there and mown over, causing more of the rubbish to be spread.

The grass is not removed from the path and I have seen residents clean up the path for regular cyclists and runners, not the council workers.

I call on the City of Belmont to clean up what should be the introduction to our wonderful State, and crack down on these window washers ‘greeting’ our tourists.

Madeline Abbott, Ascot