Dumping of shopping trolleys rife at rail bridge
ALAN Brims is proud of his city and his suburb. He worked hard all his life and doesn't like people who rubbish his neighbourhood.
Mr Brims did his apprenticeship at the North Ipswich railway workshops then worked most of his life in coal mines before going back to the railway workshops in Redbank in 1996.
He lives a short walk from the rail line that runs between Ipswich and Rosewood and his regular walk takes him over the rail bridge at Wulkuraka.
He goes for a walk most days even though his back is shot so he walks with a cane or walking frame. But what ruins his walk is the rubbish under the bridge and on the river bank - especially shopping trolleys.
"That's pollution. Some days it's bikes; other times it's traffic signs - anything down there," he said, pointing from the bridge.
"People were, in my opinion, walking these shopping trolleys from town with their groceries and catching the train.
"They certainly do not have a wheel lock on them to push them out of the shopping centres.
"They walk along the bridge then throw them off the side here."
Inner-city councillor Andrew Antoniolli said a number of years ago people got together to clean up the area.
He promised to have a closer look at Mr Brims' complaint to see if another clean-up was needed.
"It's a bit of a bottleneck there for the river and when people dump there, it exacerbates the problem," he said.
It was telling, he said, that the dumped trolleys did not have wheel lock devices.
"It's proven the locking device is an effective control for shopping trolleys," he said.
"Generally, the only problems we've been having is with the shopping trolleys that don't have the locking devices in place."
Rubbish isn't Mr Brims' only problem.
He shows us the plastic-coated wire fence on the bridge's walkway, stretched by people climbing over to get on the tracks.
"I chipped a young bloke in school uniform one day walking on that bloody line," he said.
"We've got electrification up there; that's how stupid they are. But they just get over the fence."