A faeces fiend is befouling the Bellambi creek bank, developing a filthy habit of depositing their pooch’s poop in exactly the same place each time.
Displaying an uncanny combination of thoughtlessness and precision, the poo dumper had been at it for months – some residents estimate it could be years – using the same spot near a popular walking path
The disgusting result is a pile of poo left to decay and be swept into the creek and to the beach beyond.
To collect your dog poo then go out of your way to do and deposit it on the creek bank … it just seems so rude.
Bellambi painter Mignon Steele, 40, hopes residents can identify the culprit and tell them to stop. But after years in the suburb she has never managed to lay eyes on him or her.
“It’s deliberate and it’s thoughtless – someone’s cleaning up their backyard and they’re moving their disgusting rubbish to the creek bed,” Ms Steele said.
“They're not thinking about the consequences for the creek or others.
“There are often things thrown in the creek … but this just struck me as particularly foul. To collect your dog poo then go out of your way to do and deposit it on the creek bank … it just seems so rude.
“It looks like a small dog and it’s extremely productive. Maybe it’s multiple dogs.”
Ms Steele, a mum of two and regular beach user, has reported the dumping to Wollongong City Council, and said it has recently included some noxious weeds from a backyard cleanup.
“Maybe it’s too easy for people to back their cars up to the creek,” she said.
“I swim at that beach, and that creek comes out at the beach.
“Maybe people perceive that creek, and perceive Bellambi, to be polluted and full of weeds – but it’s actually an important waterway. It’s not just a cosmetic thing – there’s important biodiversity reasons for keeping it clean.”
Ms Steele said there was another area nearby in Bellambi which had become a favourite for illegal dumpers – along a dirt road behind Holy Spirit College.
“There’s a fresh load there a couple of times every week,” she said.
To report illegal dumping call the EPA’s environment line on 131555 or Wollongong City Council on 42277111.