Let Spavin sparkle: tackle your litter

People who fish at Spavin Lake in Sunbury are encouraged to carry a bag with them so that they can take away their rubbish.

Hume City Council has received reports in recent weeks which indicate that items like fishing lines, hooks, nets and beer bottles have been discarded around the lake.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, called on fishermen and women to help Council keep the area clean.

“Spavin Lake is a beaut spot to fish, and we want the reserve to always look terrific,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“I’d love everyone who heads to Spavin Lake with a fishing rod to pack away a handy bag in their tackle box, so that they can easily bring home any used hooks and fishing lines.

“To fishermen and women, I say: once you’ve finished at the lake, have a good look around to make sure you’re not about to leave something behind.

“While Spavin Lake has become a popular fishing spot in Sunbury, it is also home to a wide variety of rare birds.

“These beautiful creatures can become trapped in fishing line, or be badly injured by a fish hook.

“If people remove all their tackle, birds will be safe and the place will always appear fantastic.”

Officers from Hume regularly maintain the reserve on Spavin Drive, Sunbury.

Members of Council’s parks and open space department mow lawns, remove rubbish, and prune trees.

Councillor Patsikatheodorou said Hume would soon erect signs at the lake to discourage people from feeding the birds.

“While it can be an enjoyable pastime to throw pieces of bread at a duck or a swan, we now know that this practice is actually bad for the bird,” she said.

“Many waterbirds find it hard to digest processed food, and it can cause them to be ill.

“Pieces of bread near a lake also attract rats, which like to prey on the eggs of birds.

“Foxes hunt out areas where bread has been left too, and these animals can quickly and strongly attack birds on the banks of a waterway.

“There is plenty of natural food available for ducks and other birds at Spavin Lake, and people should admire the feathered animals without feeding them.”

In recent weeks, Hume City Council has investigated an incident in which people dumped hard waste at Spavin Lake Reserve.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said those responsible could expect to face the full force of the law.

“Hume City Council has a zero tolerance approach to the crime of rubbish dumping,” she said.

“Anyone who thinks that they can use the cover of darkness to abandon waste in our public areas should think again.

“We have a network of CCTV cameras at locations across the municipality, and our experienced officers thoroughly investigate every instance of rubbish dumping.

“Hume prosecutes offenders with full resolve, and those convicted can expect a fine of up to $6,000.”

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume City Council wanted to protect its parks for everyone.

“We are lucky to have so many beautiful parks across Hume, and these areas exist for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors,” she said.

For further information about parks in Hume, such as Spavin Lake Reserve, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 28 April 2016

Updated : 5:31 PM, 29 April 2016

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