Street sweeps abused

TWEED street sweepers are living in fear due to threats and harassment from residents.

The mechanised vehicles driven by Tweed Shire Council workers hit the streets from 3am each morning and some residents have become incensed at being woken from their sleep.

But TSC has called for tolerance as the drivers cop verbal abuse and threats of violence.

According to Council, an increase in the number of people living in mixed-use developments has created a conflict as the sweepers tidy the streets each night.

“The operators of our two street sweeping machines start their shift at 3.30am for safety and operational reasons as that is the time when there are few pedestrians and parked cars - it's simply impossible later on,” Manager of Works Ian Kite said.

“Unfortunately, some people have resorted to verbal and physical abuse towards our operators. In one case, ball bearings smashed the sweeping vehicle's windscreen and in another, a man was hurling abuse and bashing on the driver's door.”

The Kingscliff CBD will now remain dirty due to angry residents.

“The zones that are swept have been progressively reduced and work schedules have been adjusted to avoid or minimise the complaints however there is no further room to make adjustments with existing equipment, methods and resources,” Mr Kite said.

“Council is asking for understanding from residents of urban areas about the need to keep the streets and footpaths clean for our businesses, residents and visitors.”



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