Lawn bowls among treasures recovered from Myall Creek
LOST things don’t always stay missing, as one Dalby resident found out this week.
When Keith ‘Teak’ Teakle went to collect his lawn bowls from outside the Dalby Bowls Club in October 2013, only to find the bag and the bowls missing, he thought it was a prank.
As time went on and no one from the club owned up, Teak began to realise his bowls weren’t the victim of a prank.
Fast forward six years and the clean up efforts in Myall Creek unearthed a treasure.
“The council guys were cleaning out some of the debris in the creek,” Teak said.
“The workers were talking among themselves and Ian Austin picked up and said ‘I think I know who owns those bowls’.”
Teak hasn’t played with the recovered bowls yet, and said he’d get them out this season.
Lawn bowls weren’t the only item to be pulled from Myall Creek in recent months.
A Western Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said with construction works on the Myall Creek Master Plan nearing completion, council took the opportunity to undertake a general clean-up of the area.
“As part of its clean-up efforts, council has recovered a range of items including household rubbish, bottles, cans, bikes and trolleys” the spokeswoman said.
Community members had been inquiring in recent weeks about further work to the creek via Facebook and in visits to the Dalby Heral d office, including the prospect of dredging or desisting the creek.
Councillor for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Carolyn Tillman said there were no plans to desilt or dredge the creek as council were not allowed to touch the creek.
“As a council, as any land owner, they’re allowed to only do the banks, like clean up the banks and maintain the edges,” Mrs Tillman said.
Council employees have been cleaning rubbish and dumped items from along Myall Creek and Mrs Tillman said last Sunday when she walked around the creek path there was hardly rubbish there except the stuff that she could tell had just been put there.
“Like a trolley, a brand new shiny trolley thrown into some mud,” she said.
“That sort of stuff is really disappointing.”
After the hard work put in by council employees to clean the creek area, Mrs Tillman said it was disappointing to see new rubbish.
“Nobody wants to be walking around picking up other people’s rubbish,” she said.
“That’s just really disappointing, and the first time they did it before Christmas they got four trailer loads out.”
Residents who witness instances of littering or illegal dumping are urged to phone council immediately on 1300 COUNCIL (268 624).