Two fined for illegal dumping in the Burdekin

Two men have been fined a total of $7222.20 for illegally dumping rubbish in the Burdekin Shire.

The matters were dealt with by the Ayr Magistrates Court last week.

Ayr resident David Jansen was fined a total of $3520, plus $201.10 costs, for illegally dumping a car beside the Sexton Highway, Brandon, and a boat beside Colevale Road, Brandon, in February this year.

Cardwell resident Jeff Harvey was fined a total of $3300, plus $201.10 costs, for illegally dumping a load of garden and fence waste outside the entrance to the Ayr Transfer Station in September, 2013. Mr Harvey, trading as LJ Harvey Fencing, was working in the Burdekin at the time.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy congratulated Council employees involved in identifying the illegal dumpers.

“It was a team effort to track down the illegal dumpers and I thank all who played a part,” he said.

“Hopefully this result will deter people from illegally dumping their rubbish in our Shire.

“Illegal dumping shows a total disrespect for the residents of our shire and costs ratepayers thousands each year in clean up costs.

“To take a large trailer load of unsorted household rubbish to the Kirknie Road landfill will cost residents $17.

“To be caught illegally dumping rubbish may cost you up to $16,000 in fines and leave you with a conviction recorded against your name.”

For information on opening times of Burdekin’s waste transfer stations and what can be dumped there, please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact the Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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