City locks out rub­bish dumpers

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THE CITY of Ar­madale has taken ac­tion over il­le­gal dump­ing in Cham­pion Lakes, with the coun­cil vot­ing to shut Ko­or­den Close to all traf­fic.

Fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions from the City’s Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee, coun­sel­lors unan­i­mously agreed to in­stall a locked gate at the end of Ko­or­den Close, block­ing all traf­fic un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones said ratepay­ers out­laid $500,000 over the 20152016 fi­nan­cial year to clear 1500 tonnes of il­le­gally dumped rub­bish.

“On a weekly ba­sis, large quan­ti­ties of rub­bish such as tyres, oil, build­ing prod­ucts, glass, car parts and gen­eral house­hold rub­bish is il­le­gally dumped in (Ko­or­den Close).”

The eye­sore of dumped rub­bish also posed a haz­ard to lo­cal res­i­dents and was un­fair to the peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing in the area, Cr Zelones said.

The City was con­cerned about the in­crease in il­le­gal dump­ing, par­tic­u­larly in the hills, newer sub­urbs and the For­rest­dale Busi­ness Park.

Straw­berry Drive and Heath­cote Road in Seville Grove are also hotspots for il­le­gal dump­ing.

Cr Zelones called on res­i­dents to re­port peo­ple dump­ing rub­bish, in­clud­ing their phys­i­cal de­scrip­tion and the reg­is­tra­tion, make and model of their ve­hi­cles, to the City.

Peo­ple caught dump­ing rub­bish in bush­land or road re­serves will re­ceive an on-the-spot fine of be­tween $500 and $2000, or face pros­e­cu­tion un­der the Lit­ter Act 1979, in­cur­ring a fine of up to $5000 for an in­di­vid­ual or $10,000 for a body cor­po­rate.

Pedes­tri­ans will still have ac­cess to the foot­path to Gos­nells un­der the Tonkin High­way over­pass.

A lock for the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion, which has said its staff will need ac­cess to the area, will be placed on the gate.

To re­port il­le­gal dump­ing, call the City on 9394 5000 or for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing cor­rect dis­posal of waste, visit www.ar­madale.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d465611

Mayor Henry Zelones, with coun­cil work­ers Guy Win­ters and Mark Guest, said the City was tak­ing ac­tion against il­le­gal rub­bish dump­ing.

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