Councillor Robert Garland with some illegally dumped rubbish near Eli Creek in Point Vernon.
Councillor Robert Garland with some illegally dumped rubbish near Eli Creek in Point Vernon. Mitch Crawley

Camouflaged security cameras to catch illegal dumpers

SECURITY cameras at bush dump sites are being used to crackdown on people illegally tossing out rubbish which cost ratepayers $50,000 to clean up last year.

Councillor Robert Garland said signs would warn people that cameras were in use to appeal to people's better judgement and get them to do the right thing.

A camouflaged security camera designed to deter people from illegally dumping rubbish.
A camouflaged security camera designed to deter people from illegally dumping rubbish. Mitch Crawley

"They can take photos day and night," he said.

Cr Garland said the council received a State Government grant to buy the camera.

He said people caught illegally dumping rubbish could be fined almost $2000 or up to $4000 if the material contained asbestos.

"I'm sure if I asked ratepayers what they would like council to spend $50,000 on I bet it's not cleaning up illegally dumped rubbish, Cr Garland said.

"That's money that council could have spent on providing frontline services."

He said the council recently had to clean up a load of asbestos-laden builder's waste from a drainage reserve at Eli Waters.

"Last year, council picked up 85 tonnes of rubbish illegally dumped off bush tracks and in drainage reserves," Cr Garland said.

"Some of it was within 2km of the Nikenbah Transfer Station and most of it was recyclable and could have been dumped for free.

"Some of the rubbish contains very dangerous material such as asbestos or oils and chemicals."



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