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Whitsunday Regional Council has reinforced its stance against illegal dumping in the Whitsundaysby successfully issuing penalty infringement notices to illegal dumpers at Rose Bay.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said that a penalty infringement notice was issued for the illegal dumping of approximately 8 cubic metres of green waste at Rose Bay.
“The offender was issued a total of $5463 in infringements; this sends out a strong message that if you dump illegally, you will be caught and prosecuted,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Illegal dumping and littering can have detrimental impacts to the various ecosystems in our region as well as having the potential to harm native wildlife through entanglement and accidental consumption,” she said
“There is no excuse for dumping in our own backyard when residents can dispose of up to 2 cubic metres of domestic waste, free of charge, at Council’s waste facilities across the region,” she said.
“Council encourages anyone with information relating to illegal dumping to contact Councilimmediately.”
Fines can range from $220 on-the-spot fines to $44,000 depending upon the severity of theoffence.
Domestic waste under 2 cubic metres can be disposed free of charge at Council’s waste facilities located at Kelsey Creek, Cannonvale, Bowen and Collinsville. Recycling facilities are also located at all waste facilities in the Whitsunday region.
Anyone with information relating to illegal dumping, including offence details, can contact Council’s Planning & Community Department on (07) 4945 0237.
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