Council sends out warning
THE recent dumping of a fridge in bushland between Bright and Freeburgh has resulted in a warning from Alpine Shire Council that people caught disposing of rubbish illegally could face fines of more than $1000.
Under Local Law 5 (Amenity), council can investigate and take action against illegal rubbish disposal on shire-managed land while any incidents on Crown land are passed on to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Alpine Shire Council director corporate Nathalie Cooke said illegal dumping is disappointing and taken seriously by council.
“Typically, instances of illegal dumping are investigated by our local laws team, and enforcement action can be undertaken where the identity of the offenders can be established,” she said.
“In some cases, council has needed to engage contractors to clean up the waste at its own cost.
“This represents a serious issue for council as it impacts on the environment and amenity of the shire, and in some instances resolution is at a considerable cost to council.”
Illegal dumping also encompasses household or commercial waste being left in council’s public rubbish bins.
Ms Cooke said council often receives information about illegally dumped rubbish which is then passed on to both local laws and waste management officers.
“If the dumping has taken place in or next to a public place bin, council’s local law officer goes through the rubbish to try to find evidence of perpetrator,” she said.
“If evidence is not found the rubbish is removed and disposed of but if evidence is found it is passed onto the waste management officer, who investigates if the perpetrator has kerbside bins or not.
“They will be contacted and given a warning not to do it again and to go back to site and remove their rubbish.”
Ms Cooke said if a person is caught a second time they will be prosecuted and receive a fine of up to $1250.