A good day to tidy the front yard

IF you live anywhere near Park Beach and you left your house and garden looking a little ragged yesterday, expect to have your mess shown to the world.

Several locals reported seeing the “iGoogle” car (right) snapping our streets yesterday.

The images accompany Google Maps as real street views of map co-ordinates providing internet users with 360° horizontal and 290° vertical panoramic views of millions of streets across the world.

The timing was disastrous for many Grafton homeowners last week with a bulky goods pick-up day co-inciding with a visit from the Google-mobile.

For two weeks, the world’s largest internet search engine toured the region taking images.

Grafton resident Bruce Withey said there was a ‘fair bit’ of rubbish outside the homes the car was travelling past – a sight he described as a ‘visual eyesore’.

“(It was) just the type of picture that we did not want recorded,” he said.

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson said he ‘didn’t even know’ the car was visiting the region.

“Council didn’t receive any correspondence from Google,” Cr Williamson said.

“It looks like it was an unfortunate clash of dates.”

Cr Williamson said council would ‘wait and see’ what the images looked like.

“We’ll take action at a later date if need be,” he said.

Google Australia spokeswoman Annie Baxter was unable to confirm whether the street level car had in fact been in town, but said a fleet had hit Australia’s roads in late November last year.

“If you’ve spotted the car in your town, that’s the best indication,” she said.

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