Two skip bins returned to 1770 marina
A DECISION to return two skip bins to the Seventeen Seventy marina has seen Gladstone Regional Council come out smelling of roses by fishermen.
Agnes Water fisherman Wayne Bonham has campaigned to have the bins returned since they were removed late last year.
The council told residents at the time it was due to an ongoing illegal dumping problem in the area.
Last Thursday, one day after Matt Burnett was sworn in as Gladstone's new mayor, two new skip bins were placed across the road from the boat ramp.
While fishermen like Mr Bonham were pleased, business owner Ruth Geck was not.
She says the smell of dead fish has already swarmed the area.
The 1770 Marina Café owner who lives near the boat ramp said she could smell fish from her home.
"I'm all for having the fishermen here. We enjoy seeing the tourists use the boat ramp.
"But the fact is that as soon as I smelt that gut wrenching smell when the wind changed, I thought, why do we live here," she said.
Mr Burnett said they would likely remove one of the two bins after the Easter holidays.
"It just made sense to put the bins back. The Easter break is one of the busiest times for Agnes Water."
Mr Burnett said he was confident residents would do the right thing this time.
"It's a great place to fish and we want people to consider that area as a tourist destination, so why wouldn't we have the facilities for people to bin their waste?"
"They don't want to lose their bins again so I think they will be used properly," he said.
They will be emptied several times a week.
Recreational fisherman Wayne Bonham created a petition to bring the bins back, which gained almost 1000 signatures.
"It might just be a few rubbish bins but I think it's a great achievement."