For almost two decades a patch of land in Canberra's south has been exploited as a dumping ground for unwanted rubbish.
Now the owners of the closest property to the flood-prone rubbish heap are fed up with the eyesore.
Canberra Equestrian Centre co-owner Jorgen Hauberg said he first contacted the ACT government about the land at the corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Eucumbene Drive in Weston Creek about 16 years ago but since then little had been done to alleviate the problem.
When The Chronicle visited the site last week rubbish included computer parts, tyres, pieces of concrete and a pump.
Mr Hauberg said the rubbish blocked an underground drain, causing the area to flood to his driveway after heavy rain, while a puddle lasted for weeks.
“Besides from that, it's an absolute eyesore,” he said.
“When we complained to [MLA Guilia Jones] she passed it on and they removed some stuff right up the front . . . some of it has been cleaned up but they didn't do a real clean up because if you go behind here [away from the road] you can see there's rubbish.”
Mr Hauberg said a lot of unwanted items were dumped further away from the road where it was more hidden.
The land was occasionally used for burnouts, while a willow tree growing among damp reeds threatened to spread.
“My suggestion would be to put a fence up . . . so people can park their cars [near the road] but not get through,” he said.
“They need to clean the stormwater pipe out; we can clear water that's coming in and get all these piles of waste out so the big puddle you see here can drain out. It would just be nice to have it cleared up.”
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury was aware of concerns about illegal dumping at the site and had raised it with TAMS.
“TAMS undertakes monthly clean-ups of the road verge in this area as part of their routine maintenance program. In December last year TAMS also undertook a major clean-up of this area,” he said.
“Fencing work for the area has been placed on the fencing program list, along with a number of other priorities across the ACT."
Member for Molonglo Guilia Jones said she wrote to Minister Rattenbury late last year after speaking with Mr Jorgen about dumping at the site and would continue to be a “squeaky wheel” in the hope of seeing more action.
“The minister did get a truck out to collect the rubbish pretty quickly. In the letter he accepts there should better fencing and the blocked pipe needs to be dealt with, underneath the pile of rubbish . . . but there's no sign of it being dealt with yet,” she said. “At last there is a commitment at some stage but whether some stage means two years, I don't know.”
Ms Jones said her main concerns were flooding becoming a health hazard, anti-social behaviour and broken glass and debris close to an area where people regularly parked their cars to go walking.
She said the issue reflected a broader desire in the community for a hard rubbish collection.
“I think it's the kind of thing people need to see happening before they take it up,” she said.