AUSTRALIA Day might be one of Lake Canobolas’ busiest days of the year, but one regular swimmer has asked visitors this Tuesday to keep it tidy.
Brenda Wright visits the lake three times a week to go for a swim, but said she often found nappies, chip packets and soft drink bottles strewn across the popular recreation spot.
“This morning it was lovely and clean, but in one of those seats, they had stuffed one of those papers and a chip bag even though the bin was six feet away,” she said.
“They’re just lazy and people don’t care.”
Ms Wright said the lake was left in particularly poor condition last Australia Day.
“I just remember there was stuff everywhere and there were three trucks cleaning it up and that costs money and it’s not necessary,” she said.
Ms Wright said she and a friend often brought sandwiches for a picnic or read books.
“I like it because it’s fresh water and I hate chlorine,” she said.
“It’s a lovely spot, you look at it and go, ‘this is pristine’ - sometimes you drive in the gate and the water’s like glass.”
She said the number of bins was not the problem, with several available near the main entrance alone.
“We were counting them and we got to 14 and that’s just what we could see. There’s plenty over the other side and very rarely would they be full, if ever,” she said.
“If it is full, they can walk a bit further, it won’t hurt them.”
She believed even if the bins were filling, people needed a car to access the lake and could take their rubbish with them.