Wed. Jul 6th, 2022

“They’ve got to come to terms with this, people are obviously fed-up,” said Macleay Street resident Warren Fahey. “It got terrible during COVID, it was just absolutely out of control. We were patient, but now that COVID has passed we would have assumed it would go back to normal six months ago – but it has gotten worse. ”

Fahey said a load of dumped rubbish on Crick Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, was finally collected on Thursday after he complained to Scully directly. “It [was] now a holiday camp for rats, ”he said.

Hardie Street, Darlinghurst on Thursday morning.

Hardie Street, Darlinghurst on Thursday morning.Credit:Kate Geraghty

Fahey said the council “treats Potts Point the same as they treat other areas – they do not appreciate that this is one of the highest density population areas in the entire country and cleansing is vital”.

Scully said she was aware of the problems in Potts Point, including a lot of older blocks do not have dedicated waste rooms, meaning residents leave bins on the street.

Scott, a Labor councilor, said it was a problem across the City of Sydney. This week her Facebook page received complaints from people about overflowing bins in Newtown, rubbish piling up in Glebe and filthy streets in Beaconsfield.

Overflowing rubbish bins in Potts Point.

Overflowing rubbish bins in Potts Point.Credit:Scott Mackay / Facebook

Newtown resident Jill Lay, a former Labor councilor on the defunct South Sydney Council, said her bulk rubbish collection was erratic.

“I’ve booked things on multiple occasions and it will take a week for things to be picked up,” she said. “The bin chickens well and truly go crazy in the back lane. It’s just revolting. The rats we see around here are not small. ”

Lyndon Gannon, a Liberal councilor who raised the issue at a council meeting in April, said he still “constantly” received complaints from residents. “The situation is definitely not getting any better,” he said.


One Potts Point resident, Scott Mackay, has kept a photo archive of overflowing bins and dumped rubbish in the area. “It’s become a joke and everyone in the area knows it,” he posted in a local Facebook group this week.

Another community member, Dominic Cudmore, suggested a delegation of residents should visit Local Government Minister Wendy Tuckerman and seek a state government intervention.

“I do not know if they would do anything. The reality is it’s not an easy issue to solve, ”he said. “But we’re getting the [Little Britain character] Carol Beer approach from council: Computer Says No. ”

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