It’s not a dump, it’s a green waste ‘hon­esty sys­tem’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

WHEN is a dump not re­ally a dump?

When Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil ig­nores bla­tant signs to the con­trary, ap­par­ently.

A “green waste hon­esty sys­tem” es­tab­lished on a va­cant block off the Cap­tain Cook High­way just south of Port Dou­glas is charg­ing “hon­est” users $11 per trailer load or $22 for trucks to dump rub­bish on the site.

A sign nailed to a tree at the de­facto dump reads: “Our sur­vival de­pends on your hon­esty. Please fill out the re­ceipt book on en­try.”

De­spite the ev­i­dence in­di­cat­ing the site is be­ing used as a pri­vate dump­ing ground for com­mer­cial ben­e­fit, which is against the law with­out a per­mit, coun­cil has ad­vised a neigh­bour who com­plained that the use of the land for un­law­ful dis­posal/pro­cess­ing “ap­pear to be un­founded”.

Coun­cil’s devel­op­ment con­trol of­fi­cer Greg Spencer in­formed the com­plainant that the owner of the prop­erty had en­gaged a con­trac­tor to re­move green waste from sev­eral of his other prop­er­ties “to place it on this par­tic­u­lar lot and then on a reg­u­lar and in­fre­quent ba­sis, mulch that green waste for re­use back on those other prop­er­ties”.

“There is no com­mer­cial gain by the landowner in this in­stance with the use,” Mr Spencer said.

“The unau­tho­rised dump­ing of waste on these lots is not able to be read­ily po­liced by the landowner.

“The landowner has pro­vided for­mal ad­vice to coun­cil that no per­son has his author­ity or im­plied per­mis­sion to dump any waste on that lot.”

Mr Spencer said on Mon­day in­quiries about the ori­gins of the sign would be con­ducted im­me­di­ately but “in any event, the sig­nage present will be with­drawn im­me­di­ately”.

As read­ers can plainly see, the sign was still there on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

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