Coun­cil adopts dump­ing strat­egy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Madi­son Wil­liams

COUN­CIL has adopted an il­le­gal dump­ing strat­egy to bet­ter pro­tect the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, re­duce threats to wildlife and ecosys­tems and min­imise the spread of weeds and ver­min.

Among the mea­sures to be im­ple­mented as part of the il­le­gal dump­ing strat­egy, the coun­cil will in­crease the risk of get­ting caught, re­duce in­cen­tives to il­le­gally dump, ed­u­cate and in­form the com­mu­nity and make ac­cess to hot spots dif­fi­cult us­ing struc­tural ap­proaches such as bar­ri­ers, land­scap­ing and light­ing.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said il­le­gal dump­ing was a con­stant and highly vis­i­ble prob­lem that im­pacted the Dou­glas Shire in a num­ber of ways.

“As well as cre­at­ing an eye­sore, il­le­gal dump­ing can have neg­a­tive so­cial im­pacts as a re­sult of the de­creased amenity of our pub­lic spa­ces, detri­men­tal en­vi­ron­men­tal con­se­quences and eco­nomic con­se­quences and it is im­por­tant to tackle each con­tribut­ing fac­tor,” she said.

“For in­stance, the coun­cil can re­duce il­le­gal dump­ing in hot spots by in­creas­ing the le­git­i­mate us­age of the area, carry out high-pro­file com­pli­ance cam­paigns and pub­li­cise suc­cess­ful de­tec­tions and pros­e­cu­tions.

“Coun­cil will also pro­vide and pro­mote free or sub­sidised waste ser­vices and en­sure rea­son­able waste ser­vice costs, foster com­mu­nity pride by en­hanc­ing an area’s aes­thetic ap­peal and keep ar­eas free of il­le­gally dumped ma­te­rial.”

A copy of the il­le­gal dump­ing strat­egy is avail­able on the coun­cil’s web­site: www.dou­

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