Whalers Peninsula Community Housing Association (WPCHA) looks after the homeless on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
WPCHA owns Whalers Emporium, which is located in Victor Harbor and seriously needs the community to support its endeavours to stop a dumping problem. WPCA cleaned up out the front of the shop only on New Years Eve and on January 7, was confronted with the dumping of more rubbish.
Whalers Emporium's shop takings goes back into the community to help the local people in need and has been operating for the past 17 years and never experienced a $10,000 annual dumping fee as it did last financial year.
WPCHA co-ordinator Kim Baes said while WPCHA appreciated the good quality donations.
“Among some of the lovely donations we have also come across household kitchen rubbish, dirty nappies and general waste,” Kim said.
“Whalers Emporium is a not for profit and non-government funded and it simply is heart breaking when the community uses it for a tip. A 7x4 trailer load cost $60 and extra if mattresses are to be dumped.”
Kim said $60 could feed a family for two days or provide a night’s accommodation.
“The act of people continuing to dump is having a major flow-on affect on helping people in need within our local community,” she said.
“The money spent on tip fees could go towards a deposit on land and WPCHA could build a purpose built property for homelessness.”