Jack Andrews, 16, feels unsafe when walking along Harvey Rd, which is littered with syringes.
Jack Andrews, 16, feels unsafe when walking along Harvey Rd, which is littered with syringes. Tom Huntley

Path leads to danger

GLADSTONE residents are up in arms after used syringes were found littered along a popular walking path in New Auckland.

Earlier this week Little Creek residents approached The Observer after they made the grim discovery when walking along the path between the Little Creek Estate and Harvey Rd.

Andrew McIntyre and his partner frequently walk their nephews down the path and he said it was a disaster waiting to happen.

"It's pretty shocking we don't even have a path, it's literally just a barrier on the side of the road that we walk behind," Andrew said.

"We have had some near misses on that road. It makes sense to build a proper footpath."

Last Thursday the couple were walking their dog when they made the grim discovery.

"[My partner] nearly stepped on the syringe and so did the dog," he said.

Despite contacting Gladstone Regional Council on May 31, Andrew is still waiting to see something happen.

"The first time we approached council, they said there wasn't much they could do," he said.

A Gladstone Regional Council spokesperson said it had been in contact with the Little Creek developer GPDQ Pty Ltd to organise the construction of a footpath to the area's existing pathway network, but the developer was contesting the matter.

 

Where can I dispose of syringes?

Gladstone Administration Centre

101 Goondoon St, Gladstone 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Calliope Administration Centre

5 Don Cameron Dr, Calliope 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Boyne Tannum Community Centre

Cnr Wyndham & Hayes Avenues, Boyne Island 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday

Mount Larcom Rural Transaction Centre

Raglan St, Mount Larcom 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday



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