Call for dog poo bins in Luggate

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A perturbing poo problem in Luggate is prompting people to ask the council for help.
Luggate Community Association chairman Graeme Perkins said for about three years the community had been petitioning the Queenstown Lakes District Council for dog poo bins on the walking path that runs alongside Luggate Creek.
The track was a popular route for dog walkers, and although the majority of people were diligent and cleaned up after their pets, the community was asking for a bin at the start of the track by the Luggate Creek bridge and another by the bottom of Harris Place where people often began walks to the Devil’s Nook.
‘‘All we have ever asked for is two bins.’’
Most people were good and brought their own plastic bags, but Mr Perkins said he also often saw bags of dog poo left on the side of the trail.
Some people had even left bags dangling in the branches of trees alongside the creek, he said.
Reasons the council had previously given for not providing the bins had been about money and collection, Mr Perkins said.
However, the local community had offered to clear the bins because people had already had a roster of volunteers who took green waste to be mulched at a site near Luggate Red Bridge.
‘‘We figured whoever is on the green waste on their way home could clear the two bins.’’
There were a lot of pet dogs in Luggate and most people were good, ‘‘they will collect the poo, but it is just where to put it’’.
As well as a demand for collection bins, there was a secondary need for bag dispensers, which could be installed with the bins.
‘‘I know myself, personally I am out walking the dog a lot and you go, ‘Oh, I forgot my plastic bag’.’’
Queenstown Lakes District council spokesman Jack Barlow said the request for bins was on the list to be considered before the end of the financial year.
“It will be considered along with a number of other public litter bin improvements across the district.”
The council improvement programme included litter, recycling, glass, cigarettes, and dog waste bins, Mr Barlow said.
There were six dedicated dog waste bins in the district, four of which were in the Wanaka ward.
The budget for the programme was allocated annually and included funding for both new and replacement bin installations across the district.
Dog waste bin requests were assessed and prioritised against a number of criteria including the location being on council managed land that was serviceable by a collection vehicle and was a minor detour from an existing service route, he said.
Other criteria included public concern, predicted demand, regulatory department feedback and cost.
‘‘Should requests not receive a high enough priority ranking for delivery in the financial year, they remain on the list to be assessed again the following financial year,’’ Mr Barlow said.