Green and clean: Bradbury resident Amel Mouhtadi has taken it upon herself to clean her nearby park. Picture: Sam VennThe grass opposite Amel Mouhtadi’s house might not be greener but it certainly is cleaner.
Fed up with the amount of rubbish in Kenny Reserve, the Bradbury resident decided to take matters into her own hands.
For the last month — one hour every Sunday after church — Ms Mouhtadi has put on a pair of cleaning gloves, wheeled her garbage bin across the road and picked up rubbish in the Campbelltown council-owned park.
‘‘Some areas are so bad you can’t walk in their without shoes on,’’ she said.
‘‘It was so bad it depressed me walking my dogs through there.
‘‘Some parts were like a rubbish tip.’’
Ms Mouhtadi said she had seen a dramatic change in the attitude of locals who use the park.
‘‘It’s like they realised someone cares so now they care as well,’’ she said.
‘‘Every time I go there now, there are less broken bottles.’’
She urged other to follow her lead and take pride in their local parks.
‘‘If you give to your community, they will give back,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s our children and our teenagers who use the park so we have to clean up after them.’’
The environmentally conscious local said the council had neglected to keep the park clean.
A Campbelltown Council’s director of city works, Wayne Rylands, said there were 74 full time staff responsible for the maintenance of the 363 parks, sporting facility and open spaces in the local government area.
The cost to maintain the open spaces as well as conduct hazard reduction, roadside mowing and litter collection., cost about $8 million annually.
Anyone wanting to get involved in the clean up effort or with suggestions of parks in need of attention, can call Ms Mouhtadi on 0479 070 272.
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