Shoalhaven City Council Rangers have handed out another $4,000 fine following the discovery of approximately four cubic metres of mixed household rubbish illegally dumped on the Beecroft Peninsula in the Jervis Bay State Forest.
The man was able to be identified thanks to the assistance of a number of community residents who provided valuable information to Council Rangers that led to the identification of the culprit.
The illegally dumped waste consisted of a fridge, barbecue, cupboard, bedding, oil heater, glass bottles, a surfboard and timber panelling among other items.
The man has since removed the over two ute loads of rubbish and transported the items to Council’s Waste Facility on Coonemia Road, Callala.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said that she was extremely concerned that local residents continued to illegally dump household waste in the area’s bushland.
“It is absolutely disgusting to see local residents destroying the area’s pristine natural surrounds through the illegal dumping of household waste,” said Clr Gash.
“Council Rangers have the ability to trace illegally dumped rubbish back to the source before handing out large fines to those residents caught partaking in this act.
“In this instance it was the fantastic work of local residents that stepped forward to report the dumping to Rangers that resulted in the man being identified and handed a significant fine.”
“I would certainly like to congratulate these local residents on their community spirit, through their help Council Rangers were able to both locate the man and have the offending material quickly removed.”
Helen Wheeler from Crown Lands Office Nowra said it was a shame that some people think that they are above the rest of the community and that local residents were forced to bear the costs of cleaning up after the fact.
“This rubbishing of our beautiful local environment is the sort of behaviour that results in public access to areas being blocked off,” said Ms Wheeler.
“Illegally dumped waste inconveniences all those people who do the right thing because of a few selfish individuals.”
Council will continue to work closely with the EPA to address illegal dumping in partnership with Crown Lands State Forestry, National Parks and Wildlife and Aboriginal Land Councils.
Both Shoalhaven City Council and Crown Lands Office encourage any residents that witness rubbish dumping to contact Council's Rangers on 02 4429 3433 or the EPA's Rubbish Dumping Hotline on 131 555.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170