Allegation rubbish hosed into drain by Gladstone nightclub
THE nightclub scene rears its ugly head on weekend mornings when Gladstone's streets are found littered with cigarette butts and empty cans.
A local resident discovered the impact of this last Sunday morning when he was preparing to launch his fishing boat at the Gladstone Yacht Club.
He asked to remain anonymous but said he saw staff at Bojangles Nightclub on Goondoon St washing rubbish into the storm drain with a fire hose.
"I actually said (to them), that's disgusting," he said.
"They didn't say anything. I walked back over with my phone and started videoing and taking photos. They had run off."
The man, who works in health and safety on Curtis Island, said he has lived in Gladstone for 20 years and isn't against night clubs.
"(But) they're not doing the right thing," he said.
"Everyone complains about industry, but that has more potential to do harm to dolphins and turtles."
The Observer could not get in contact with Bojangles Nightclub to comment before deadline on Friday, but welcomes their comment on the matter.
Bad habit washes up: the impact
EXCESSIVE amounts of cigarette butts are still washing into Gladstone's storm drains, causing environmental damage.
A resident has provided evidence of a nightclub deliberately doing this and researcher Dr Scott Wilson is not surprised.
"We need to implement some management strategies that will try and turn it around," he said.
The drain outside Bojangles Nightclub goes directly into the Auckland Ck and is one of the drains assessed in a study at Gladstone's Central Queensland University.
"The main finding is that cigarette butts are the main litter item which is washing into our waterways from Gladstone streets," Dr Wilson said.
"Up to 1500 cigarette butts in a rain event end up in our waterways from one pipe."
Local councillor Col Chapman looks after the environment portfolio and said the practice of washing away rubbish was disappointing.
"I just wish people would reconsider what they do put down the drain," he said.
"While it might be out of sight out of mind, it would actually create more problems. There are a lot of toxins in cigarette butts; they don't break down for a long time."
The council in March approved the implementation of an Illegal Dumping and Litter Strategy with an emphasis on reducing cigarette butts in the CBD.
They are also considering the installation of intervention traps in the system.