City prom­ises ac­tion over il­le­gal dump­ing

RUB­BISH MARS MANIANA LAKE

Canning Times - - QUEENS PARK - Ben Smith

THE City of Can­ning plans to tackle con­tin­ued il­le­gal dump­ing at a Queens Park wet­lands.

Maniana Park’s lake has be­come a dump­ing ground for peo­ple look­ing to off­load rub­bish in­stead tak­ing it to a tip.

A City spokesman con­firmed it had been alerted to the poor state of the lake and had in­creased mea­sures to pre­vent the il­le­gal dump­ing.

“The City of Can­ning has re­ceived com­plaints about il­le­gal dump­ing at Maniana Park and is tak­ing pos­i­tive steps to re­duce ac­cess to dump­ing in the area, in­clud­ing re­strict­ing ve­hi­cle ac­cess and in­creas­ing pa­trols by the Ranger and Com­mu­nity Safety Ser­vice (RCSS),” he said. “The City’s RCSS also de­ploy mo­bile closed cir­cuit TV in var­i­ous il­le­gal dump­ing hot spots to de­ter the be­hav­iour.”

The City re­moved some de­bris from the lake in July at the re­quest of lo­cal res­i­dent Jen­nifer Arm­strong. But she said the City was un­able to clear all the rub­bish.

“They moved stuff that was tem­po­rar­ily sub­merged, but it hadn’t been com­pletely cleared,” she said.

The City con­firmed it had been un­able to re­move some of the de­bris be­cause it was stuck in the mud and planned to re­move the rub­bish in Fe­bru­ary or March, when the mud had dried out.

Ms Arm­strong, who fre­quently vis­its the park, called on other mem­bers of pub­lic to do the right thing and not hurt the en­vi­ron­ment.

“The im­pres­sion from my neigh­bour is peo­ple don’t re­ally have a dump­ing fa­cil­ity that is in­ex­pen­sive, so they’ve kind of been do­ing it for­ever and peo­ple are in­clined to do it be­cause it’s a cheap way,” she said. “For peo­ple who en­joy na­ture and birds and ducks, it would be bet­ter if some­thing were done.”

Peo­ple found guilty of il­le­gally dump­ing rub­bish can be fined up to $62,500 by the De­part­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion un­der the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act 1986.

The City en­cour­aged any­one who wit­nessed il­le­gal dump­ing to ad­vise them on 1300 422 664.

Rub­bish dumped in Maniana Park lake.

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