Residents of West Ballina are sick of the gutter opposite the Big Prawn being used as a toilet, accusing truck drivers of urina
Residents of West Ballina are sick of the gutter opposite the Big Prawn being used as a toilet, accusing truck drivers of urina

Living next to a toilet



WEST Ballina residents living near the highway are sick of living next to an open toilet.

The residents say the smell of urine coming from the stormwater drain opposite the Big Prawn complex is unbearable, and one resident alleges that it is truck drivers who are urinating in the drain after parking their vehicles on the side of the road for their compulsory break while a public toilet is located across the road.

The resident, who didn't want to be identified, has been abused by one truckie after hosing the driver down while he was urinating, and had to flee another who tried to climb the fence after the resident asked them to stop urinating in the drain.

"If you've got someone piddling and pooing on the lawn, and you put a hose over the fence, you get abused," the resident said.

"It smells like you're standing over a urine trough ? and it's non-stop through the night.

"We just close the window."

The resident lived in the area before the Chinderah to Yelgun section of the Pacific Highway was opened four years ago.

Since the highway upgrade, the number of trucks parking at West Ballina has increased significantly.

The resident said the situation improved after a crack-down a couple of years ago, but it has now got worse again.

The resident said that they have in the past also witnessed truck drivers having sex ? they assume with prostitutes ? under bushes on the side of the road.

Ballina mayor, Cr Phillip Silver, said he was aware of the 'unsavoury behaviour' that had been occurring on the street.

He said the road came under State jurisdiction, not council's.

He said the matter was brought before the council's traffic committee to see if any alternative sites were available for trucks to pull over.

Inspector David Larkin, of Ballina police, called on residents to lodge complaints as urinating in a public place is an offence.


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