River rubbish dumper convicted
A Horsham man has been fined $3000 and ordered to pay clean-up costs after being convicted of dumping rubbish into the Wimmera River.
Horsham Rural City Council successfully prosecuted the 20-year-old in the Horsham Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Magistrate Peter Dunn gave the offender a severe dressing down, said he could have imprisoned him for the offence and labelled him a disgrace.
A co-accused 23-year-old Horsham woman did not appear in court.
A warrant is to be issued for her arrest to face the same charges.
Council local laws officers recovered seven bags of rubbish from the waterway after they were thrown from the Riverside Road bridge, north-east of Horsham, some time during the Christmas and New Year period.
Director of development services Angela Murphy said the river was a problem area for dumping.
“The financial cost of cleaning up the dumped rubbish ultimately falls on the ratepayer,” she said.