The Bedfordview Community Police Forum (BCPF) facilitated a community clean-up initiative at Bill Stewart Nature Reserve on Saturday, 15 May. Enthusiastic community members and workers from Resident’s Action Group (RAG’s) Better Bedfordview initiative got stuck in and filled a heap of trash bags with the rubbish collected.
An initial reconnaissance of the area using three drones was conducted and the BCPF mobilised SAPS and numerous security companies to the areas identified as of concern. A number of occupied vagrant sites were cleared and individuals escorted off the reserve.
‘We have recently had a few criminal incidents where the perpetrators have gained access to the suburb from the mountains in the area, so we needed to show a law enforcement presence,’ said Gavin Henry, BCPF Chairman. ‘We also cannot allow our surrounding mountains to become areas utilised for the construction of shacks and dwellings.’
Once the area was determined safe, approximately 20 to 25 local residents entered and, together with RAG workers, they collected many bags of litter from the mountain.
‘We would like to thank those who stepped forward to help and request that these numbers be substantially boosted for future operations. Our two mountains cover a huge area and far more volunteers will be required,’ added Henry.