In the lead up to World Environment Day this Saturday, Rockhampton Regional Council has launched a campaign asking residents to help tackle the issue of illegal dumping.
“We’re incredibly lucky in our region that so many people love and care for our environment,” Waste and Recycling Councillor, Shane Latcham said.
“However, there are a few individuals who seem to think they’re above the rules.
“I know that illegal dumping gets on the nerves of a lot of residents who would prefer their rates didn’t go toward picking up after people who should know better.
“Until now people may not have realised that they can report these dumpers – in a survey we ran recently we found that 31% of respondents weren’t aware they could report the behaviour.”
Planning and Regulation Councillor, Grant Mathers said Council had also enhanced its surveillance activities.
“Thanks to the funding we’ve received through the Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnerships Program Grant we currently have a full time officer investigating instances of illegal dumping,” said Cr Mathers.
“Already in the last few months we have had some big wins, including having nearly 1500 cubic metres of waste cleaned up by the identified offenders rather than by Council.
“With World Environment Day coming up this Saturday, I can’t think of a better time to highlight the importance of really working together to preserve the natural beauty of our Region.”
Illegal dumping fines can be upwards of $2135 for individuals and $6672 for corporations.