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Council investigating illegally dumped bonded asbestos within Murramarang National Park

Shoalhaven City Council is calling for information following the discovery of illegally dumped bonded asbestos within the Murramarang National Park.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers found the large quantity of bonded asbestos on a routine patrol south of Kiola last week.

It is believed that the bonded asbestos may have been dumped following home renovations carried out on a cottage in the Kiola area.

Council’s Illegal Dumping Ranger is following up a number of avenues of inquiry with a view to prosecuting the person responsible.

Mayor, Joanna Gash said she was disgusted to see local residents putting the health of others at risk rather than take the asbestos to the Ulladulla Waste facility.

The Mayor said she was encouraging residents that live in the Kioloa area and may have information on this particular dumping to contact the Rangers Office on 4429 3433.

Any information supplied will be treated as strictly confidential.

“The illegal dumping of waste in the area’s bushland is an ongoing issue across the City,” said Clr Gash.

“It is particularly concerning to see local residents putting the health of the community at risk by dumping large quantities of asbestos in our pristine National Parks.

“Council is currently calling on the community, particularly those residents in the Kioloa area, to assist with investigations into the illegally dumped material.”

“The illegal dumping of asbestos is an extremely serious matter with fines in excess of $250,000 in place for those responsible.”

The Mayor said Council is currently partnering with the EPA in a scheme to reduce the cost of asbestos disposal for householders. 

This scheme is only available until 30 June 2015 so residents who would like to take advantage of the lower price are urged to apply soon.

Under the 12 month pilot scheme local residents are able to dispose of small amounts of wrapped bonded asbestos from home renovations for $102 per tonne, representing a saving of nearly $190.

To be eligible for the scheme local residents must register with Council prior to proceeding to landfill.

For more information on the Householders Asbestos Disposal Scheme please call 4429 5555 on Tuesdays and Thursdays during business hours.

 

CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172

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