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Team Leader Roads and Drainage Gary Shawyer and Local Laws Coordinator Peter McArdle near Levys Point

The cost of illegal dumping

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 13 July 2017

Warrnambool’s parks and reserves are being tarnished and ratepayers’ funds are being wasted by illegal rubbish dumpers.

A large cache of rubbish was recently collected from the Levys Point area, with the rail trail and many of the city’s parks and reserves also used to illegally dispose of rubbish over the past year.

Warrnambool City Council Director City Infrastructure Scott Cavanagh said that thousands of dollars were spent annually dealing with the problem.

“During the last financial year, Council spent over $21,000 collecting and disposing of illegally dumped rubbish,” he said.

“This is a significant waste of Council’s resources.

“If you look at the results of the recent Warrnambool 2040 survey, some of the most highly valued aspects of life in Warrnambool are its open spaces, parks and the natural environment.

“Illegal rubbish dumping not only spoils some of our most cherished community assets, it can have a significant environmental impact.

“We find that a lot of the rubbish dumped could have easily been recycled, which is a real shame.”

The fine for anyone caught dumping rubbish illegally is $317.

“Where we can ascertain who the culprits are, we do not hesitate in issuing a fine. We also have the option to prosecute offenders in extreme cases,” he said.

“We need the community’s help to tackle this issue, so I would like to ask everyone, especially those who live near parks and reserves, to watch out for anyone illegally dumping rubbish and to report it either to Council or the police immediately.”

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