Multi-mil­lion-dol­lar dump

Comment News (Armadale) - - News - Ben Smith

TWO broth­ers are plead­ing with the pub­lic to stop dump­ing rub­bish on a block of land in South­ern River owned by their late brother.

Lawrie and Trevor Prestage re­ceived a let­ter from the City of Gos­nells last month ask­ing them to re­move rub­bish dumped on the prop­erty.

The land had be­longed to their brother Ralph and his wife Lois be­fore they died, Ralph in 2015 and Lois ear­lier this year.

The fam­ily cleared rub­bish from the block, most of which was un­suit­able for a verge col­lec­tion.

“There were car bod­ies, tyres, 44 gal­lon drums, paint in tins and build­ing rub­ble,” he said.

Lawrie said the land had not been cleared for 15 years and the over­growth en­abled peo­ple to dump.

“When it was cleared, they could be seen throw­ing their rub­bish, but over the last 10 to 15 years they can hide their rub­bish in there,” he said.

The land is at the cen­tre of a dis­pute with the West­ern Aus­tralian Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC).

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