Council investigates illegally dumped rubbish at Ocean Creek

A pile of old toys, child’s chair, broken dining chairs, toy cars, tents and general waste is the latest illegal dumping in the Burdekin.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said Council had received an alarming number of complaints regarding illegal dumping.

“Although we are only three weeks into this year, we have had numerous complaints come in regarding people illegally dumping household waste at sites around the Shire,” he said.

“Last week our Environment and Health team were called to investigate a pile of rubbish dumped at Ocean Creek near Peggy Bog Road.

“It beggars belief that someone took the time to drive all the way out there when they could have taken these items to a Council waste transfer station and dumped them there for free.

“Illegal dumping costs the community and ratepayers thousands of dollars every year to clean up and the people responsible run the risk of receiving a minimum on-the-spot fine of $1884.”

Mr Mulcahy said Council officers also were concerned for the environment as some of the rubbish had blown into the creek.

“There was concern that the waste would be under water on the high tide and further pollute the waterways and impact on fish habitats,” he said.

“For those who enjoy the area for fishing and recreational activities, it is disappointing to see there are those around who have little regard for the environment and the rest of the community.

“Our enforcement officers have been investigating this incident and have found evidence that may lead to the issuing of fines to the offender.

“However, Council is appealing to anyone who may have information on this or any other rubbish dumping incident to come forward.”

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