DANGER: Council CEO Mark Pitt says needles are a problem across the region.
DANGER: Council CEO Mark Pitt says needles are a problem across the region. Matt Collins

'It's an issue': Reckless drug users creating public danger

THE council claims it is being left to clean up the mess left by South Burnett drug users - literally.

South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt praised the work of his staff and the region's police but said more still needed to be done.

"Unfortunately it's an issue,” he said.

This comes after residents noticed signs on a sharps bin in Murgon public toilets indicating it was being emptied twice daily to keep up with demand.

But Mr Pitt said it wasn't just an issue in Murgon.

"Needle sticks are a problem across our whole region,” he said.

The CEO said South Burnett council might look at sealing children's park with rubber flooring as opposed to sand to easily locate potentially dangerous discarded needles.

"Our staff are vigilant in cleaning those up, but regrettably it is a symptom of people's habits,” Mr Pitt said.

"Someone will go into the park, they see a police car and they just chuck (the needle) into the garden because they don't want to get caught.”

Murgon Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Steven Stewart said drug use would always be an underlying issue in every community.

"Police will proactively target drug offenders,” he said.

"We had a big impact from an operation done earlier in the year.”