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Rubbish Dumpers Targeted at Gnangara / Pinjar

11-Oct-2014

It looks like the state government is finally getting serious about stopping 

illegal dumping at Gnangara and Pinjar according to a statement released by Environment Minister Albert Jacob today.

“The State Government will be clamping down on this by installing six motion sensing infrared cameras in the area by the end of the month. Warning signs will also be erected, advising people against using the site as a suburban rubbish tip.
 
“Earlier this year, officers removed more than 76 tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish from an area north of Warbrook Road, at a cost of approximately $30,000.
 
“Illegal dumping is not only costly for the community and detrimental to the health of our environment, it also poses a threat to public safety. An example of this was the recent removal by Parks and Wildlife staff of hazardous asbestos waste from the site.
 
“Other items, such as car parts, household appliances, furniture, construction materials and green waste are also commonly dumped in the area. The people who engage in this type of illegal activity have a disregard for the community and their environment.”

Under the Litter Act 1979, the maximum fine for individuals convicted of illegal dumping is $5,000 and $10,000 for corporations. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 the maximum fine for individuals is $62,500 and $125,000 for businesses

RTRA members who use these (and other) areas and who observe illegal dumping can assist by reporting incidents, preferably with photos.

You can read the Minister's full statement here:  http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/StatementDetails.aspx?listName=MinisterialStatementsBarnett&StatId=405
  


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