River rub­bish dumper con­victed

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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