Port Lincoln looks into drainage waste nets

DRAIN: Ashley Cowley in front of one of the storm drains on the Port Lincoln foreshore, with a picture of one of the drain nets installed in Kwinana City Council.
DRAIN: Ashley Cowley in front of one of the storm drains on the Port Lincoln foreshore, with a picture of one of the drain nets installed in Kwinana City Council.

A Port Lincoln resident is urging the city council to follow the lead of a Western Australian council and install waste collection nets on foreshore storm water outlets.

Ashley Cowley brought this to the attention of the Port Lincoln City Council after seeing online the success Kwinana City Council had had with drainage nets.

The council installed two drainage nets within a local reserve in March as part of a trial and had collected 370 kilograms of debris by the end of July.

Mr Cowley said he saw all of this online and thought it would be a good idea for Port Lincoln as there was always a lot of rubbish coming out of the drainage system.

“It’s a simple idea that could be done,” he said.

“There’s got to be a way to stop as much rubbish (as possible) coming out of these pipes.”

Mr Cowley said rubbish including plastics, glass and small metals including bottle tops washed out of the drainage pipes and ended up in the ocean.

He said it would be a cheap solution and there were plenty of materials to make it happen.

“We’ve got a large mountain of nets sitting out at the rubbish tip just waiting to be recycled that can be used for this,” he said.

Mr Cowley brought the idea to the attention of councillor Diana Mislov, who put forward a motion for council to look into the possibility of installing drainage nets.

Ms Mislov said there might be added costs and disadvantages, including the clean-up and maintenance of the nets, but it would be interesting to see if it was achievable.

She said there were many individuals, businesses and community groups that were active in cleaning local beaches, parks and reserves and the council should show some innovative thinking to assist.

Councillor Andrea Broadfoot spoke in support and said anything that would protect the health of the bay would be a fantastic initiative.

Mr Cowley said it was great the council would look into it but would like to see it put something into place.

“They should put one on and find out how much rubbish there is,” he said.

“If there’s a will to stop all this rubbish washing out to sea, there has to be a way.”

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