PEOPLE are being told to take their rubbish with them when they leave Mount Panorama, or risk getting a fine for littering.
Councillor Warren Aubin has grown fed up of the amount of rubbish that continues to be left at the top of the Mount, particularly at the popular stopping area near The Esses.
He said that people often stop there to have a meal while they enjoy the views across Bathurst, but then just leave their rubbish on the ground and drive off.
"When you're talking approximately 6500 vehicle movements per week around this place, mostly tourists, it's not a good look to have rubbish laying all over the place," he said.
On top of that, people have already started to throw their rubbish over the side of the new viewing platform at the top of Skyline.
Cr Aubin said that council does have a local contractor that goes around the Mount once a week to pick up litter, but he feels people need to take more responsibility instead of relying on other people to pick up after them.
He has called upon people doing the wrong thing to clean up their act, because soon they could be caught on camera.
Council has a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera near the parking bay, which has been there for years but usually only operates during race meetings.
However, Cr Aubin said council will soon be using it full-time.
"We're getting it turned on so that any misdemeanours happening around the area will get picked up," he said.
"... If we could actually get people doing the right thing and taking their rubbish with them, rather than just throwing it out on the ground and making it look like a dog's breakfast, that would be great.
"If they don't, there is a chance that they could be caught on the CCTV camera, which will come into 24-seven operation very soon."
When asked if a better solution would be for council to install garbage bins in the area, Cr Aubin said that they would create new problems.
If wheelie bins were put in place, he said some people would think it's funny to move them, while metal bins secured in place may be damaged.
And, if there were bins secured to the ground or on concrete barriers, council would need to keep removing and re-installing them.
"Any permanent thing here would have to be moved when the races are on," Cr Aubin said.
He also would support council installing signage that area discouraging people from littering, but admitted that he had his doubts people would take much notice of them.
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