Res­i­dents call for stop to a Tyre-De­pot Hill

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - SEAN FOX Sean.Fox@cap­news.com.au

DE­POT Hill res­i­dents are call­ing for an end to il­le­gal dump­ing in their South Rock­hamp­ton sub­urb.

A Jane St house­holder, who did not wish to be iden­ti­fied, wrote to The Morn­ing Bulletin to ex­press his dis­ap­proval af­ter half-a-dozen tyres were left lay­ing un­der a tree.

“I’d like to make you aware that our street is not your tip,” the frus­trated res­i­dent wrote in a let­ter di­rected at the of­fender.

“We all saw you in your old style white sta­tion wagon, but lucky for you no one thought to get your rego.

“I do hope that if you of­fend again, that you are caught and fined.”

A Rock­hamp­ton Re­gional Coun­cil spokes­woman said a com­plaint was re­ceived about three days ago, but no ev­i­dence of who dumped the tyres had been found.

An­other res­i­dent we spoke to yes­ter­day had no­ticed the tyres about a month ago when he moved into the house which sits next to where the tyres were dumped.

Rock­hamp­ton Re­gional Coun­cil ad­vised they re­moved the tyres late yes­ter­day.

Coun­cil­lor Ellen Smith, chair of Rock­hamp­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s plan­ning and reg­u­la­tory com­mit­tee, said coun­cil staff had looked into a com­plaint made by a De­pot Hill res­i­dent.

“Il­le­gal dump­ing is an is­sue all ar­eas face, and un­for­tu­nately ours is no ex­cep­tion,” Cr Smith said.

Cr Smith said those who were caught il­le­gally dump­ing waste can face “an on the spot fine of $2523”, which comes un­der the Waste Re­duc­tion and Re­cy­cling Act 2011.

Heav­ier fines can be given de­pend­ing on where the waste is dumped, un­der the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act 1994.

Photo: Chris Ison ROK170518c­tyres1

NOT A TIP: More than half-a-dozen tyres were dumped at the end of Jane St in De­pot Hill.

Photo: Chris Ison ROK170518c­tyres2

Coun­cil­lor Ellen Smith ad­vises that the tyres dumped at the end of Jane St in De­pot Hill have been re­moved.

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