Trolley handlers in Marian copping racial abuse

THE unrest surrounding the fanatical ISIS movement has boiled over into racial abuse at Marian Town Centre.

Scott Spanton, chief executive officer of centre developer Tipalea Partners, said he'd received reports from staff that people were racially abusing trolley handlers.

"I was shocked, given what a lovely community we've got up there, that there are some grubs who would behave in that manner," he said.

"I have absolutely no time for it."

Mr Spanton said the trolley collectors who had copped the abuse were of Middle Eastern appearance.

"I've got no idea what religion or ethnicity they are but they're hard-working guys and they're out there doing a job to feed their families," he said.

"I don't want those (abusive) people in my centre."

Mr Spanton said he was told about the incidents on Wednesday afternoon.

News of the abusive incidents came via the centre's Facebook page, which has generated hundreds of likes and about 60 comments. Almost all of the comments were condemning the abuse.

"Don't put yourself in harm's way but let centre management know (if you see something)," he said.

Mackay Islamic Society Imam Eshfaq Akbar said the situation in Syria and Iraq brought out the worst in people but also the best in others.

"It's unfortunate for them, that they've had to go through that," he said.

"Fortunately, we've had mostly good reactions in Mackay itself."

Mr Akbar said with everything happening in the Middle East, many people had come up to him in the street, wishing him well.

"You get the usual guy who just can't hold himself and says as he walks past 'go back to your own country'," he said.

"I always turn around and say 'mate, well I'm fifth generation Australian, where do you want me to go?' and they just get frustrated and walk off."



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