Mates reel in praise for bid to protect Warwick waterways
A MIGHTY good deed by two young fishermen has sparked calls to tackle "shocking” levels of pollution in Warwick waterways.
Teenagers Aiden Galloway and Koby Bormolini spent the past three days pulling large, shipwrecked shopping trolleys out of the Condamine River near Park Rd in a bid to clean up local water systems.
Their discovery began with a new-found passion for fishing.
Looking for a hobby to keep them busy on the school holidays, Aiden and Koby grabbed a couple of fishing rods and forked out their pocket money on lures, bait and sinkers.
But when the boys kept catching snags and losing expensive lures, they knew something was wrong.
"I was really surprised, I thought we would probably find like thee or four,” Koby said.
Instead, the two mates discovered more than 10 trolleys lurking in the murky depths of their favourite fishing spot near Queens Park weir.
Keen to make a difference, the boys started on a huge mission to pull the trolleys out of the river.
"It was really hard to get them out,” Aiden said.
Three days later, an impressive display of rusty, slime-covered trolleys lined up along the banks of the Condamine has been catching the eye of passers-by.
"We're not happy about the people who dump the trolleys in there,” Koby said.
"Please stop throwing the trolleys in the river.”
The boys' deed ignited debate on social media as residents call for solutions to an ongoing problem of trolley dumping.
"The supermarkets can't collect what they can't see,” Fleur Cannon wrote in a public Facebook post.
"They should do the same as America, make the wheels lock up at the exit of the store but then everyone would whinge about having to carry groceries to the car or all the way home.
"Maybe there should be a fine or something for people caught taking the trollies home.”
Aiden's mother, Carmela Hewson said she was proud of the young blokes and the lengths they went to for a good cause.
"They have done a really great job,” she said.
Miss Hewson hoped the act of service would send a message to the wider community and put an end to pollution.
"I think it is quite shocking to tell you the truth. I could not believe how many they pulled out. It is probably one of the reasons the waterways are so polluted,” she said.
Koby's mother Robyn Jurgensen agreed.
"I would like to say that I am proud of these boys efforts. They went above and beyond to clean this section of the river,” she said.