Residents kick up a stink over poo bag cutbacks
A GOLDEN Beach resident has been left in a "crappy" mood after learning Sunshine Coast Council plans to cut the number of free dog poo bags to residents.
However, the council would not confirm that it had cut back the number of bags being distributed.
Regular dog walker Ardin Timms said he had noticed a lot more empty poo bag holders lately while taking his dog, Finn, for a stroll.
"The council is saying people don't need the bags," he said.
"They say it's a courtesy to provide them and that people should be supplying their own bags."
Mr Timms said the council used to fill the bag dispensers at least twice a week.
Now he believes it is once.
He said the result was people were leaving their dog poo behind if there were no bags available.
"There's more poo around than ever - I've seen large amounts of it in the last few weeks," - Ardin Timms
He said there had been no bags at Golden Beach for about a week before the Daily spoke to him, but the dispensers were full yesterday.
"We've ended up buying our own bags because if there's none there, we're forced to leave it or find something else to pick it up with," Mr Timms said.
"Last week I picked up poo with a tree frond."
It is considered an offence to walk or exercise a dog in public without carrying a bag with you. The offence carries an on-the-spot fine of $220.
Mr Timms felt it was unfair that people would be fined for not picking up their poo if they found themselves stuck with no bags.
"They're not giving us the bags, but then they're fining us for not having them," he said.
Sunshine Coast Council was asked if it had cut back the supply of dog poo bags. A spokesman did not answer the question, instead saying it was the owners' responsibility to carry and use a bag to pick up their dog's waste.
He said the council provided 249 bag dispensers across the region to help dog owners who had forgotten their own bags.
These dispensers were refilled with a total of about 2,520,000 bags per year at an annual cost of more than $300,000, excluding the cost to install and maintain the dispensers.
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