Coun­cil sends out warn­ing

Alpine Observer - - News - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

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.

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