Il­le­gal dump costs $5463 in penal­ties

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil has a stern warn­ing for res­i­dents: il­le­gal dump­ing will not be tol­er­ated in the Whit­sun­days.

The coun­cil has re­in­forced its stance against il­le­gal dump­ing by is­su­ing penalty in­fringe­ment no­tices to an il­le­gal dumper at Rose Bay.

Mayor Jenny Whit­ney said a penalty in­fringe­ment no­tice had been is­sued for the il­le­gal dump­ing of about eight cu­bic me­tres of green waste at Rose Bay.

“The of­fender was is­sued a to­tal of $5463 in in­fringe­ments. This sends out a strong mes­sage that if you dump il­le­gally, you will be caught and pros­e­cuted,” Cr Whit­ney said.

“Il­le­gal dump­ing and lit­ter­ing can have detri­men­tal im­pacts to the var­i­ous ecosys­tems in our re­gion, as well as hav­ing the po­ten­tial to harm na­tive wildlife through en­tan­gle­ment and ac­ci­den­tal con­sump­tion,” she said

“There is no ex­cuse for dump­ing in our own backyard when res­i­dents can dis­pose of up to two cu­bic me­tres of do­mes­tic waste free of charge at coun­cil’s waste fa­cil­i­ties across the re­gion.

“Coun­cil en­cour­ages any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to il­le­gal dump­ing to con­tact coun­cil im­me­di­ately,” Cr Whit­ney said.

Fines can range from $220 on-the-spot fines to $44,000, depend­ing on the sever­ity of the of­fence.

Do­mes­tic waste un­der two cu­bic me­tres can be dis­posed free of charge at the coun­cil’s waste fa­cil­i­ties at Kelsey Creek, Can­non­vale, Bowen and Collinsville.

Re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties are also lo­cated at all waste fa­cil­i­ties in the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to il­le­gal dump­ing, in­clud­ing of­fence de­tails, can phone the coun­cil’s plan­ning and com­mu­nity depart­ment on 4945 0237.

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