He fears rats will ruin Sydney’s famous Royal Easter Show, as residents and business owners warn of an infestation in the area.
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A rat infestation could ruin one of Sydney’s iconic annual events, as business owners and surrounding residents warn of an infestation in the area.
Sydney’s Royal Easter Show draws an average crowd of 828,000 each year to the Olympic Park Showground in Homebush.
This year’s event will begin in three weeks on April 6.
But a local businessman said the growing number of rats in the area is a bad aspect that is likely to affect the annual event.
Pizzeria owner Ahmed Chandab said rodents have been a growing problem for his shop, so he took the issue up with building managers and Parramatta Council.
Pizzeria owner Ahmed Chandab said rodents (pictured) have been a growing problem for his shop, so he took the issue up with building managers and Parramatta Council.
Local business owners in Sydney’s Olympic Park have said the increasing number of rats in the area is a bad appearance for the Royal Easter Show (pictured)
Mr Chandab filmed the rats (pictured) as they prowled around the Sydney Showground at night.
But he claims they didn’t do enough to eradicate the pests.
He he filmed the rats as they prowled around the Sydney Showground at night.
The shocking images showed large rats scurrying across roll-up doors, highways and parking lots with a herd hanging under cars.
Chandab said the rodents will leave a bad impression on visitors to the Easter Show in the area.
“It’s supposed to be the center of the entertainment and events industry in Australia.” he said abc.
“(It’s a) negative image of the Olympic Park… it’s not doing us any favours.”
Chandab told Daily Mail Australia that the rodents have caused his business to lose many customers.
“I’ve definitely lost important business because they’re in the area,” he said.
“Luckily no one has entered the store, however that’s because I now have to keep my doors locked after 6pm.”
He said the issue has strained his business amid rising cost of living, costs of food supply, rent and wages.
Sydney’s Royal Easter Show (pictured), which draws an average crowd of 828,000 per year, kicks off on April 6 at the Olympic Park Showground, Homebush.
“We’re making it as hard as it already is…the last thing I need is a problem like this,” the business owner said.
“I have communicated with many corporate entities in the area and there is no urgency to resolve the matter.
“Politicians continue to help small businesses, but nobody really cares.
“You call one department and they transfer you to another and this goes around in circles until you just give up.”
Jasmine Ho, who lives in Olympic Park, said she has seen several rat carcasses while walking her dog.
“I’ll have to pick (the dog) up and avoid all those areas,” he said.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Royal Agricultural Society told Daily Mail Australia that the exhibit venue it rents has not experienced a rat problem.
Parramatta Council and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority have been contacted by Daily Mail Australia for comment.