Paul Klicin, of Casino, checks out the overhead powerlines in Walker Street on which the birds roost.
Paul Klicin, of Casino, checks out the overhead powerlines in Walker Street on which the birds roost. DOUG EATON

Fouled footpaths turn people away

THE $2.2 million being spent on the revitalisationof the Casino town centre will be wasted if Richmond Valley Council can’t find a way to clean up the footpaths fouled by birds roosting on overheadpowerlines in the main street, according to a Casino resident.

Paul Klicin has been a resident of the town for more than 10 years and said the fouled footpaths would turn people off shopping in the CBD orvisiting the town centre.

“If the aim of the beautification work is to attract people to the CBD and make it a nicer place to be and shop, then it will amount to nothing unless the council does something about cleaning up the bird droppings,” Mr Klicin said.

“It was bad enough before, particularly in Canterbury Street, but it has become much more noticeable in Walker Street now that the footpaths have been widened there.

“And I suppose it will be the same in Barker Street when the beautification work starts there. In fact, it seems the beautification works have actually made the problem worse.”

Richmond Valley Council manager of strategic planning, Ray Medhurst, said extra tap points had been installed along Walker Street, and would beinstalled along Barker Street, so in future the footpaths could be hosed off either by council staff or local business people.

“The matter of the bird droppings has been raised with council before, and the council did consider when it was planning the CBD upgrade the feasibility of putting the powerlines underground,” he said.

“However, it was going to cost the council $1 million to do each block and there weren’t the funds to do it.

“The council did lay extra service conduits underground when it was doing the work so in the future, if Country Energy was able to subsidise the work, it could be done.”



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