Rangers see rise in il­le­gal lit­ter­ing

Mandurah Coastal Times - - STREET WATCH -

NORTH Dan­dalup, North Yun­derup and Stake Hill are un­der close watch in the wake of a re­cent in­crease in il­le­gal lit­ter­ing in the Mur­ray Shire.

Mur­ray chief ex­ec­u­tive Dean Unsworth said il­le­gal lit­ter­ing was stack­ing up at the ex­pense of ratepay­ers.

He said Shire rangers were re­port­ing large com­mer­cial loads of rub­bish and build­ing waste dumped in road re­serves and en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive ar­eas.

Il­le­gal rub­bish dump­ing is not only haz­ardous to the en­vi­ron­ment but also poses a health risk to res­i­dents when it is not dis­posed of cor­rectly at waste dis­posal fa­cil­i­ties.

There have been in­ci­dents where as­bestos ma­te­ri­als have been left in pub­lic spa­ces, ex­posed to the gen­eral pub­lic.

There have also been cases where rub­bish has blocked emer­gency ser­vice ac­cess ways, risk­ing the lives of the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing bush­fire sea­son.

Mr Unsworth said there had been 110 cases of il­le­gal rub­bish dump­ing in the Shire since last July.

“The Shire is li­ais­ing with the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment Reg­u­la­tion re­gard­ing pos­si­ble of­fences un­der the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act 1986,’’ he said.

The max­i­mum penalty for il­le­gal dump­ing is $62,500 for an in­di­vid­ual and $125,000 for a cor­po­ra­tion.

Re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour to 9531 7777 or mail­bag@mur­ray.wa.gov.au.

Haz­ardous: As­bestos ma­te­ri­als found dumped in front of an emer­gency ser­vices ac­cess way.

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