COMMUNITY OUTRAGE: Lowood residents want an end to littering in the Brisbane River near the town.
COMMUNITY OUTRAGE: Lowood residents want an end to littering in the Brisbane River near the town.

Lowood residents angry at Brisbane River rubbish

LOWOOD residents are fed up with the amount of rubbish being left at their end of the Brisbane River and demand the council and the litterers clean it up for the health and safety of the wildlife and for people to enjoy its serenity again.

The once popular fishing and swimming hole has become a waste land of human rubbish. Small pieces of litter to large piles of rubbish are scattered along the river bank, slowly disintegrating into the ground and left to float in the water.

On Monday afternoon the internal components of a fridge were found smashed and scattered along the bank of the river with the exterior of the same fridge left to float in the water. On the same afternoon a lounge chair was found wedged in shallow water.

Discarded clothing items, used nappies, plastic bags, bottles and food containers, tyres, alcohol cans and a needle disposal cylinder were among the rubbish scattered along the bank.

Locals are now staying away from the once favourite fishing and swimming hole.

"People no longer want to swim there because of the litter," Lowood resident John Bradbery said.

"The amount of rubbish along the river makes it hard for others to enjoy the river... it goes into wildlife," resident Diane Beattie said. "They (the people responsible for the litter) should be fined and made to clean it up."

In response to a call from The Gatton Star, Somerset Regional Council sent a crew to the area on Tuesday to remove the rubbish.

"Somerset Regional Council works in cooperation with relevant state government departments to remove debris from public land near waterways and rivers," Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said.

"Council crews are on-site removing debris and the Somerset Regional Council will investigate and action (where required) all complaints of litter found on public land, if accessible," he said.