Tip-off on for­est dirt

IL­LE­GAL DUMP­ING ‘BE­YOND A JOKE’

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Laura Pond

TAP­PING res­i­dent Sa­man­tha Ifould is con­cerned about il­le­gal dump­ing in State for­est in Pin­jar.

She drives through the area reg­u­larly and said there was fre­quently a range of dumped rub­bish, from build­ing ma­te­ri­als to cars and even a swim­ming pool.

“It’s lit­tered big time with peo­ple dump­ing stuff,” she said. “It’s be­com­ing be­yond a joke. “This has been go­ing on for years. It looks like a tip.”

Ms Ifould said prob­lem ar­eas in­cluded be­tween Neaves and Old Yanchep roads. She had re­ported dump­ing to a range of agen­cies but it was “re­ferred from one per­son to an­other”.

City of Wan­neroo as­sets di­rec­tor Har­min­der Singh agreed il­le­gal dump­ing was an is­sue across the City but the amount dumped had de­creased from 756 tonnes in 2015-16 to 536 tonnes in 2016-17.

He said rangers im­me­di­ately vis­ited sites when they re­ceived an il­le­gal dump­ing re­port, and the City spent $745,666 on th­ese ser­vices in 2016-17.

“Rangers carry out im­me­di­ate tap­ing and in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the dumped items, act­ing to iden­tify the par­ties in­volved in il­le­gal dump­ing,” he said, with in­fringe­ments is­sued where ap­pro­pri­ate.

The State for­est area is man­aged by the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions (DBCA) and a spokes­woman said it re­moved dumped rub­bish fol­low­ing re­ports, and pa­trolled the area with the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion (DWER).

“DBCA staff re­moved more than 100 dumped cars from the Gnan­gara and Pin­jar for­est ar­eas dur­ing the past fi­nan­cial year,” she said.

The spokes­woman said they re­moved bulk rub­bish in Septem­ber at Hig­gins and Koala roads but Ms Ifould be­lieved there was still sig­nif­i­cant waste in the area and wanted more to be done to stop the prob­lem.

Ac­cord­ing to the DWER, the for­est is a dump­ing ‘hot spot’ and it in­ves­ti­gates al­leged of­fend­ers.

“Of­fi­cers from DWER’s Il­le­gal Dump­ing Pro­gram pa­trol this area reg­u­larly and carry out covert cam­era de­ploy­ments, with a view to cap­tur­ing CCTV footage of any il­le­gal dump­ing of­fences,” a spokes­woman said.

Ms Ifould is also con­cerned about the state of the road that leads to The Buggy Club, which she at­tends, and Wan­neroo Aero­mod­ellers.

“On a week­end at least a cou­ple of hun­dred cars would go up that road,” she said.

“A nor­mal sedan driv­ing up that road would find it very rough and have to drive very slowly; it’s very rough.”

Though known as Ce­cil Road to the clubs, the DBCA said it was Gal­lagher Road and found it was in good con­di­tion fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion on Oc­to­ber 19.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d474427

Peter Rad­wan­ski, Aaron and Sa­man­tha Ifould at a dump­ing site in the for­est.

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