Dump­ing costly ex­er­cise


Comment News (Armadale) - - News - Jes­sica Nico

A KELM­SCOTT man has been fined $4000 for il­le­gally dump­ing a trailer full of rub­bish in Mt Cooke.

The Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­ment Reg­u­la­tion (DWER) said 31-year-old David An­thony Cresswell was cap­tured on camera il­le­gally dump­ing items at Les­lie Track, just off Brook­ton High­way.

The land the ma­te­ri­als were dumped on is owned by the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions.

The mag­is­trate or­dered Cresswell pay a $4000 fine, another $300 for fail­ing to say who was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle in­volved in the dump­ing and $742.50 in court costs.

DWER waste op­er­a­tions se­nior man­ager Matt Warnock said the suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion should act as a warn­ing to ‘would-be’ dumpers.

“Il­le­gal dump­ing can im­pact peo­ple’s health and the en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“This court out­come fur­ther high­lights that if you dump waste il­le­gally you will be caught and there will be con­se­quences.”

Mr Warnock said more than 200 il­le­gal dump­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions were car­ried out ev­ery year and DWER con­stantly mon­i­tored covert cam­eras in the state.

Il­le­gal dump­ing can be re­ported to DWER’s Pol­lu­tion Watch Hot­line on 1300 784 782 or at pol­lu­tion­watch@ dwer.wa.gov.au.

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