Rubbish overflows on East Esplanade. Photo sourced from Manly Daily.
Residents were repulsed by the overflow of rubbish in public spaces following the Cole Classic on Sunday 5th Feb.
Large numbers of attendees were to blame, as well as a lack of easily accessible bins and neglect in rubbish collection. Over 10, 000 competitors, support crews and visitors participated in the Cole Classic, which was complemented by fine weather.
Embarrassingly, the Manly Daily dubbed Shelly Beach “Smelly beach”.
These concerns are raised in the light of popular events staged in Manly that attract large crowds, such as New Year’s Eve and the Australian Open of Surfing.
The overflow of rubbish also highlights the lack of cigarette receptors attached to the bins, encouraging smokers to simply ‘butt out’ on the ground or worse – in the harbour – putting marine life at risk.
Is it the council’s responsibility to properly address rubbish disposal, or is it more a matter of personal responsibility?
Despite the influx of visitors surrounding the Cole Classic and other major events, residents are calling for more bins and frequent rubbish disposal to help keep our community spik and span.
Concern has also been raised by the installation of bins that block the harbour view from a popular restaurant along East Esplanade Reserve.
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor & Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.