Illegal dumping at Pinjar
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.
“This has been going on for years. It looks like a tip.”
Ms Ifould said problem areas included between Neaves and Old Yanchep roads and 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.
“Rangers carry out immediate investigation of the dumped items, acting quickly to identify the parties involved in illegal dumping,” he said. “When identifiable materials are discovered, infringements are issued.”
The State forest area is managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and a spokeswoman said it removed 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.
According to the DWER, the forest is a dumping ‘hot spot’ and it investigates 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 road to The Buggy Club and Wanneroo Aeromodellers. “It’s very rough,” she said. “For a public road it shouldn’t be in that condition.”
Peter Radwanski, Aaron and Samantha Ifould at the dumping site. d474427