LAY OFF: A Harwood man has defended the young Australians accused of leaving rubbish at Anzac Cove. Doug Manners says scavenger
LAY OFF: A Harwood man has defended the young Australians accused of leaving rubbish at Anzac Cove. Doug Manners says scavenger

Anzac criticism rubbish

BY ADRIAN MILLER

DOUG Manners believes the Australians and New Zealanders at Gallipoli for this year's Anzac Day commemoration have been treated harshly.

Australians and New Zealanders at the sacred site for the 90th anniversary of the Anzac landing have come under fire for the amount of rubbish left behind.

But Mr Manners, a Harwood resident who was also at Gallipoli on Anzac Day and attended both services, said the criticism was unjustified.

He said after the ceremony at Lone Pine Cemetery those in attendance immediately set about cleaning the area of any rubbish.

"There were no bins at all to put rubbish in, but as soon as that ceremony was over, there was a whole bunch of kids that had these big blue plastic bags and they picked up every skerrick of rubbish in that cemetery," he said.

Mr Manners said the problems with the rubbish started when scaven- gers started to sift through the piles.

"They (the scavengers) were going through it and they were taking out half-eaten bread rolls and lord knows what else," Mr Manners said.

"There was a fairly stiff breeze blowing at the time and once they started to disrupt the pile, that's when stuff went everywhere. By this time, three to four hours after the event, all those 'picker-upperers' had gone.

"It wasn't the youngsters so much as the scavengers that caused the mess."

Mr Manners said he could not stand by and let the people who were at the services be criticised after they behaved impeccably.

"Those kids were so respectful and to see an 18-20 year old kid with tears rolling down their face at the high points of the service ... they showed nothing but re- spect," he said.



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