Shoalhaven City Council has announced a new Illegal Dumping Clean Up and Prevention Program in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The new program will focus on illegal dumping in the northern Shoalhaven, and has been made possible by a $125,400 grant from the EPA and contributions from Council.
Past programs have targeted the Bay and Basin and Ulladulla areas, resulting in tonnes of rubbish being removed and illegal dumpers caught and fined. Now Council Rangers will turn their attention to cleaning up known problem dumping areas around North Nowra, Bomaderry and Kangaroo Valley, as well as harder to reach areas in the quieter parts of Kangaroo Valley and Budgong.
The funding will allow Rangers to install gates, barriers, signage and CCTV where appropriate, to prevent further rubbish from being dumped. The grant will also allow specialist investigators employed by Council to continue their ground-breaking work in tracking down offenders with the latest technology and methods.
The program will see Council work collaboratively with Corrective Services, who have made significant contributions to past clean-up projects by returning natural areas back to their former state. Other program stakeholders include land managers such as Nowra Aboriginal Lands Council, Crown Lands and National Parks.
How to report illegal dumping:
Residents, visitors and day trippers are encouraged to report illegal dumping to the EPA via their hotline 131 555, online www.ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au or by phoning Shoalhaven City Council on 44293433.