Resident: It looks like New Delhi slum area

Grace Gilmore looks at a rubbish pile on her street. |Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d396355
Grace Gilmore looks at a rubbish pile on her street. |Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d396355

For well over a month, verges on the section between Main Street and Wanneroo Road have been home to tonnes of rubbish, with old television sets, washing machines, clothing, couches and mattresses left to rot.

She believes the rubbish, largely in front of Department of Housing properties, is a result of residents becoming complacent.

‘I think that people have got used to the verge collection, and they think eventually the council will pick it up, and if they don’t someone else will. But either way it’s not their problem anymore,’ she said. ‘People just don’t seem to have pride about where they live anymore.

‘It’s not just Morley Drive; it’s all through the little back-streets as well but it’s more noticeable on Morley Drive, because it’s just so blatant.’

She believes council’s decision to cut verge collections has in part contributed to the problem, but says it may not be the City’s responsibility to clean up after DoH tenants.

‘They had this service which they’ve cut down, and I don’t think people have adjusted to it,’ she said.

‘I think the City need to be more proactive; you can’t tell me councillors haven’t driven down Morley Drive and not seen this.

‘It’s continued to get worse and worse’