Il­le­gal dump­ing at Pin­jar

Wanneroo 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.

“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.”

Picture: Bruce Hunt

Peter Rad­wan­ski, Aaron and Samantha Ifould at the dump­ing site. d474427

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