Townsville Bulletin

Council set to move on all reports of dumping

479 cases lodged this year


TOWNSVILLE City Council and the Department of Environmen­t and Science have devoted significan­t resources to overcome Townsville’s festering illegal dumping problem.

According to council, 479 reports of illegal dumping have been received this calendar year.

Of these, 54 investigat­ions are under way and three penalty infringeme­nt notices have been issued.

Deputy Mayor Mark Molachino said illegal dumping was not only unacceptab­le and disappoint­ing, but unnecessar­y.

“Townsville City Council invests considerab­le resources in keeping our city clean and tidy,” he said.

“Council provides weekly rubbish collection, fortnightl­y collection of recyclable­s and a kerbside collection scheme for hard rubbish,” Mr Molachino (inset) said.

It also operates five waste transfer stations (Stuart, Hervey Range, Toomulla, Bluewater and Magnetic Island) where there is no cost to dump green waste and recyclable­s.

“There is a small cost to dump other types of waste at these transfer stations, but it is a lot less than the fine for littering or illegally dumping rubbish.”

He said council also offered free dump days, the next of which is being held from October 22-25.

“Sadly, there are some in our community who think it’s acceptable to litter and illegally dump rubbish,” he said.

“Where it can, council takes action against these individual­s through the issuing of fines or making them clean-up their mess,” he said.

“One of the tools utilised by council is mobile cameras which are deployed to illegal dumping hotspots. Intelligen­ce provided by these cameras, as well as from members of the public, is used by council in investigat­ing instances of illegal dumping.”

Council will continue to look at any and all options

available to stop people illegally dumping.

A Department of Environmen­t and Science spokesman said they administer­ed the Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnershi­ps Program (the Partnershi­ps Program), which has allocated $3.6m to 27 local government­s to employ 31 dedicated illegal dumping compliance officers.

“The Partnershi­ps Program has enabled Townsville City Council to employ two dedicated officers for 12 months to investigat­e and enforce illegal dumping offences,” the spokesman said.

“In the past year, 384 reports of illegal dumping were received and investigat­ed by Townsville City Council, and approximat­ely 395,000 litres of waste was removed from the environmen­t.

“Statewide the Partnershi­ps Program has resulted in the removal of more than 12 million litres, or over 50,000 wheelie bins, of illegally dumped waste from the environmen­t.”

Penalty Infringeme­nt Notices for illegally dumping waste range from $2205 to $10,338, with the potential for much higher penalties for matters prosecuted in Court.

Members of the public can report littering and illegal dumping through LIDORS on the department’s website or by contacting TCC.

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