City of Armadale to lock out rubbish dumpers


Mayor Henry Zelones, with council workers Guy Winters and Mark Guest, said the City  was taking action against illegal rubbish dumping. Picture: Will Russell           d465611
Mayor Henry Zelones, with council workers Guy Winters and Mark Guest, said the City was taking action against illegal rubbish dumping. Picture: Will Russell         d465611

CITY of Armadale has taken action over illegal dumping in Champion Lakes, with the council voting to shut Koorden Close to all traffic.

Following recommendations from the City’s Technical Committee, counsellors unanimously agreed to install a locked gate at the end of Koorden Close, blocking all traffic until further notice.

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said ratepayers outlaid $500,000 over the 2015-2016 financial year to clear 1500 tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish.

“On a weekly basis, large quantities of rubbish such as tyres, oil, building products, glass, car parts and general household rubbish is illegally dumped in (Koorden Close).”

The eyesore of dumped rubbish also posed a hazard to local residents and was unfair to the people living and working in the area, Cr Zelones said.

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The City was concerned about the increase in illegal dumping, particularly in the hills, newer suburbs and the Forrestdale Business Park.

Strawberry Drive and Heathcote Road in Seville Grove are also hotspots for illegal dumping.

Cr Zelones called on residents to report people dumping rubbish, including their physical description and the registration, make and model of their vehicles, to the City.

People caught dumping rubbish in bushland or road reserves will receive an on-the-spot fine of between $500 and $2000, or face prosecution under the Litter Act 1979, incurring a fine of up to $5000 for an individual or $10,000 for a body corporate.

Pedestrians will still have access to the footpath to Gosnells under the Tonkin Highway overpass.

A lock for the Water Corporation, which has said its staff will need access to the area, will be placed on the gate.

To report illegal dumping, call the City on 9394 5000 or for further information regarding correct disposal of waste, visit www.armadale.wa.gov.au.