The ducks have been adopted by many of the regular visitors and dog walkers along the pond pathways and are fed liberal amounts of bread - and the odd hot chip I suspect.
Despite the unbelievable amount of trash that the heavy rains have flushed down the town storm drains into Chinaman's Creek and on into the Yass River our ducks have returned to the pond after the rain cleared.
It is truly amazing to see the amount of trash - mainly take away containers - that finds it way through the storm drains. We do have "Trash Traps" - large rope nets placed over the direct dtorm water inflow points, however, further up stream where Chinaman's creek enters the system there are no such "Trash Traps" in place.
For at least a decade I have been a strong advocate of redeveloping Chinaman's Creek into a large covered drainages system that opens into a series of stepped shallow ponds supporting wetland plants and reeds that would act as a filter for this trash and prevent much of it from entering the Yass River pond area.
Letter to Council and to the local Tribune newspaper coming up - we need additional "Trash Traps" installed along Chinaman's Creek.