Council to remove illegally dumped building waste from Warrain Beach
January 18, 2013
Shoalhaven City Council will engage an accredited contractor to remove a large amount of potentially contaminated building material buried adjacent to a walkway at Warrain Beach, Culburra.
The building waste, which appears to have been illegally buried within the sand dunes at Warrain Beach, has become visible following a recent spell of dry weather and strong winds.
Council Rangers have inspected the site and removed all pieces of loose asbestos from the adjacent area.
The remaining building waste has been buried to a depth of 800mm to eliminate the possibility of wind borne particles travelling into residential areas prior to removal.
Director of City Services and Operations, Bill Paterson said that while the illegally dumped waste provided no immediate safety risk to the community, the area had been cordoned off to exclude pedestrian access as a further precaution.
“Council is extremely concerned by the discovery of illegally dumped and potentially contaminated building waste on one of our area’s pristine beaches,” said Mr Paterson.
“Initial investigations show that this waste may have been illegally dumped within the Culburra dunes over 10 years ago.
“Council has already engaged the services of a qualified hygienist who has taken away a number of samples for further testing.”
“Once these results have been received Council will be able to formulate a suitable removal plan with the assistance of an accredited contractor.”
Mr Paterson said Council staff would be undertaking an investigation as to who was responsible for the illegal dumping.