Councillor Sue Brooks and Ivan Ramsey from the council’s waste services with the dumped plastic bags.
Councillor Sue Brooks and Ivan Ramsey from the council’s waste services with the dumped plastic bags. KARLEILA THOMSEN

Illegal dumping on creek bed

THE ILLEGAL dumping of 53 garbage bags of insulation on a Sunshine Acres creek bed has disgusted councillors and residents.

Resident David Johnson spotted the bags while walking his dogs and was concerned the insulation was asbestos-ridden.

He said it could not be a coincidence that the bags were found while people were taking advantage of the Federal Government’s insulation rebate.

“They’ve done it because it costs them money to get rid of it properly,” Mr Johnson said.

“They’ve gone and done it in the dark, the bunch of crooks.

“It’s disgusting and I just want to see it cleaned up.”

Council’s Andy Gaze, executive manager of environmental health and regulation, inspected the site and said he was confident the material did not contain asbestos.

“I believe it was blown paper type insulation but we are going to confirm that,” Mr Gaze said.

He said a sample would be sent to a lab for testing.

“We will find out what it is.

“Just because it’s not asbestos, doesn’t mean it’s not damaging to the environment.”

Councillor Sue Brooks said the costs of clearing of the waste and the testing would be passed on to ratepayers.

“It’s disgusting to me,” Ms Brooks said. “We all like living on the Fraser Coast because of its natural beauty and to see people trash our natural environment is upsetting.

“The cost for testing and removal is passed on to the ratepayer ... so while someone may think they are saving themselves some money, everybody’s paying for it.

“And council staff could be better spending their time doing what they are supposed to be doing.”

She encouraged people to report anyone seen dumping rubbish and to note the time and date and car registration numbers of the people involved. Photos of the waste could also be emailed to the council, she said.

“That is the best way to identify and take action against whoever it is.”



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