Illegal dump costs $5463 in penalties
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.