Grubs just dump it
ILLEGAL dumpers have taken to leaving rubbish on vacant land around the region, and local authority officials are determined to do something about it – to make a stand.
Gladstone Regional Council has received 50 complaints about illegal dumping in the past six months and issued fines to the tune of $27,000 in the past year.
A utility load of household rubbish was dumped at one place past Yarwun 2, along a road that leads to an unused water treatment plant.
The council’s Environment and Regulation director, Ron Doherty, said this was not the worst. Several ute loads of undelivered pamphlets had been dropped on the road to the winery behind the Botanic Gardens, and the culprit had copped a $1600 fine.
He said hot spots were Wattke Road and South Trees Drive area; Megan Road to the Calliope River, behind the power station; off Red Rover and Kirkwood roads; and Dahls Road at Tannum, behind the high school.
Council officers can issue fines of up to $1600 for individuals and $6000 for corporations which commit the offence.
“Illegal dumping not only costs the council, but in the end costs ratepayers,” Environment and Regulation portfolio spokesman Cr Col Chapman said.
“Each year a significant amount is spent on the clean-up of illegal dump sites and it is about time residents wake up to what’s happening on their own doorsteps.”
Anyone who has seen or knows of someone dumping rubbish illegally is urged to report it to council on 4976 6972.