Asbestos dumped near child centre
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.