As­bestos dumped near child cen­tre

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

A “TRUCKLOAD” of old build­ing ma­te­rial in­clud­ing as­bestos has been dumped out­side an Or­chard Hills child­care cen­tre for the sec­ond time in two weeks.

Old MacDon­ald’s Child Care owner Mark Sharp, who lives in Man­da­long Close near the cen­tre, said it was dan­ger­ous to dump it on a street with so many fam­i­lies.

“I was hor­ri­fied be­cause it was so brazen,” Mr Sharp said. “They did it in broad day­light. When I ar­rived at work at 7am noth­ing was there and then I looked out at 7.35am and it was there.”

Mr Sharp said the con­cern was not just for the child­care cen­tre but the eight to 10 house­holds in the street.

“There’s 20 or 30 peo­ple who live on this street and at least 73 kids at the child care a day plus 25 staff mem­bers,” he said.

Mr Sharp said he hoped Pen­rith Coun­cil would in­stall CCTV cam­eras and bet­ter light­ing. “I think they dumped it here be­cause it’s a ru­ral/res­i­den­tial area and the houses are a dis­tance apart. It’s near a main road and light­ing is poor,” he said.

“What we’re do­ing now (clean­ing it up) is wast­ing re­sources with po­lice and fire brigades and ev­ery­one.”

A Pen­rith Coun­cil spokes man said the Re­gional Il­le­gal Dump­ing Squad was in­ves­ti­gat­ing both dump­ing cases.

An EPA spokes­woman said: “Il­le­gal dump­ing is an en­vi­ron­men­tal crime that costs the com­mu­nity hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars per year and poses po­ten­tial risks to the en­vi­ron­ment and neigh­bours.” Il­le­gal dump­ing should be re­ported to the RID Squad on 131 555. Of­fend­ers can re­ceive an on­the-spot fine of up to $15,000 and po­ten­tial jail time.

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