Council investigates illegal dumping of construction waste

Burdekin Shire Council is investigating the illegal dumping of construction waste at Sugar Loaf Hill, Beachmount.

Mayor Bill Lowis said Council environment and health officers discovered the rubbish at the site, south of the Wunjunga township.

“The rubbish mostly consists of green waste, concrete blocks, fly screens, shower screen, cut-up concrete tank, delivery truck washout concrete, roofing iron and tiles,” he said.

“It’s obvious that someone couldn’t be bothered to take the load to the landfill and decided that the old quarry was a good spot to dump their rubbish.

“This particular site has been used in the past by people to illegally dump their garden waste and concrete there, but it is beginning to get out of hand.”

Cr Lowis said Council officers were trying to identify who had dumped the items.

“Illegal dumping such as this shows a total lack of respect for our shire, the environment and our ratepayers, who in the end pay for the clean-up costs,” he said.

“I hope we can catch who created this mess.”

The Mayor urged residents who may recognise any of the rubbish to dob in the dumper by calling Council on 4783 9800.

“If we can catch who did this, Council can recoup the costs involved of cleaning it up and ease the cost burden this sort of behaviour puts on our ratepayers,” he said.

Illegal dumpers can be fined up to $45,540 and have a conviction recorded against their name.

 

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