Delta dumping dismay

Unimpressed: Karyn Duncan

Burnt-out cars, smash-ed TVs, broken fridges, and piles of household rubbish.

It’s not what you expect to see near a picturesque Queenstown walking track, but that’s the reality at the Shotover Delta.

Frequent visitor Karyn Duncan calls it “disgusting”.

Duncan, who takes her two dogs down to the Delta for a walk most mornings, says the blatant dumping has been a regular occurrence for a long time.

Two dumped children’s car seats have been there for about two years, she reckons.

“I don’t know what’s in people’s head that they think they can just come down here when it’s an area that’s used frequently.

“It’s quite despicable.”

Dumped cars at the Delta

She knows of one woman who took her dog to the vet after it ate some rubbish down there.

The woman will no longer take her dog there.

Council comms advisor Campbell Weal says the council takes a “very dim view” of illegal rubbish dumpers.

“The dumping of rubbish along the Delta is an ongoing issue and it is disappointing to see people treating such a beautiful area with flagrant disregard.”

Calls since January about illegally-dumped rubbish in the area were all dealt with, he says.

When contractors collect illegally-dumped rubbish they try to find evidence of who has dumped it, he says.

“This information is passed on to our regulatory team who can issue infringements when they have evidence of people acting irresponsibly.”

The regulatory team will be contacted about the burnt cars, he says.

It was unclear if the land is council or Crown land, he says.

Earlier this year Scene reported illegal dumping cost ratepayers $6300 between July 2017 and April this year.

Two people were pinged with fines during that period, at $400 a pop.