Thursday, February 29, 2024

Manure bags cause footpath stink

The City of Marion Council is working to solve a footpath stink caused by the stacking of bags of manure on roadsides in the Morphettville Racecourse area.

The Council says it has received complaints from the public regarding the blocking of local footpaths with the manure bags.

It said the public distribution of manure bags from the racecourse stables has been a long-standing practice.

“However, the City of Marion has recently received complaints from members of the public concerned about the manure bags being stacked in a manner that substantially blocked the footpath and created a hazard for pedestrians, particularly those with mobility issues. Residents also raised concerns about the amenity,” Council said in a statement.

Acting on those complaints, Council has advised some stable owners to keep the bags of manure on their own property if they wish to distribute them to the public.

“Keeping the bags on private property is considered to be a safer and more appropriate option.”

“Council will be looking to engage with the owners of the stables and local residents to consider a compromise to ensure that horse manure can be made available to the public.

“Council appreciates that the community wants to use organic waste to fertilise gardens because it is good for the environment,” it said.

Council says stable owners have an obligation to manage the waste on their properties in a responsible manner.

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