Road­side rub­bish a fire haz­ard

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY EMMA PRIOR

For­mer Moira coun­cil­lor Brian Keenan has la­belled the dump­ing of rub­bish at sev­eral lo­cal road­side lo­ca­tions as a dis­grace and an act that could end in catas­tro­phe if the rub­bish were to go up in flames.

Sev­eral Yar­ra­wonga res­i­dents along­side for­mer fire­fighter Mr Keenan have voiced their dis­taste and worry at the con­tin­u­ing be­hav­iour and say some­thing needs to be done be­fore it’s too late.

“We are com­ing into the fire sea­son and some of this stuff will es­tab­lish spon­ta­neous com­bus­tion,” Mr Keenan said.

“On a stink­ing hot day for no ac­count­able rea­son some of th­ese mounds of stuff can burst into flames.

“The fire can be away and gone be­fore any­one can get to it and try and stop it.”

In the past two weeks at least five or six truck­loads of tree cut­tings from a pro­fes­sional tim­ber carter have been dumped on the road­side of Whites Road, Dowl­ings Road and Flana­gans Road cre­at­ing a warn­ing com­ing into the warmer weather with the rub­bish a very high fire risk.

Moira Shire Gen­eral Man­ager of Com­mu­nity Sally Rice said the coun­cil had been ad­vised about the is­sue and was in the process of rec­ti­fy­ing it.

“We are cer­tainly aware of this is­sue around Yar­ra­wonga,” Ms Rice said.

“Il­le­gal dump­ing is a prob­lem across the whole shire and if peo­ple wit­ness il­le­gal dump­ing we en­cour­age them to re­port it. “Il­le­gal dump­ing costs all of us money. “Coun­cil is forced to spend ratepayer’s money to clean up each dump site as well as fix dam­aged in­fra­struc­ture and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment im­pacted by this il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity.”

Yar­ra­wonga Police have also been no­ti­fied and are look­ing to ques­tion the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble.

Moira Shire and the Yar­ra­wonga Police ad­vised if any­body sees any un­usual be­hav­iour to con­tact the ap­pro­pri­ate bod­ies im­me­di­ately and re­port the in­ci­dent.

“Peo­ple can re­port any il­le­gal dump­ing by phon­ing coun­cil on 5871 9222 dur­ing of­fice hours, or for a 24-hour phone line call EPA Vic­to­ria on 1300 372 842,” Ms Rice said.

The EPA also has a Re­port Lit­ter App which you can visit at

Po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous tree cut­tings dumped on the side of a lo­cal road.

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