The Canberra Times is campaigning on behalf of the restauranteurs of Dickson who want more Government clean up around Wooley St.
Scott McArthur, of Firestone Restaurant, said he was so desperate to draw the Government’s attention to the problem he had taken to ringing local radio stations whenever the Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope, was on air. But Mr Stanhope, who holds the Municipal Services portfolio responsible for street cleaning and maintenance, was yet to take his call.
Mr McArthur had resorted to such tactics after failing to get an adequate response from the Government.
”You ring Canberra Connect and you get juggled all over. Whoever you are talking to will always tell you it’s not their responsibility. It’s always palmed off on to someone else,” Mr McArthur said.
A statement from the Department of Territory and Municipal Services said district shopping centres such as Kingston, Manuka and Dickson were cleaned daily.
”This cleaning includes the removal of litter and rubbish and the sweeping and cleaning of pedestrian pavements,” the statement said.
Mr McArthur disputed Woolley Street received a daily service.
”We see them twice a week at most,” he said.
I guess complaining to the Canberra Times is cheaper and easier than clubbing together to pay for cleanup of mess that is, at the end of the day, caused by their customers?