City of Gosnells issues warning after 100 bread loaves dumped near Langford lake

Don Dressler looks at the pile of bread rolls that were dumped on Tuesday morning.
Don Dressler looks at the pile of bread rolls that were dumped on Tuesday morning.

A LANGFORD resident has joined the City of Gosnells in calling on the public to be aware of illegal dumping after 100 loaves of bread were dumped in a lake in Langford.

Don Dressler was walking his dog with his wife Leonie when he discovered about 50 bread rolls on the edge of the lake.

The bread can be bad for birds as it can cause avian botulism and intestinal issues.

The bread rolls were dumped under a sign that states ‘please do not feed the wildlife in this area’. The sign was put up by the City after Mr Dressler contacted the City a year ago with concerns that residents were continuously feeding the wildlife.

The Dresslers go down to the lake every morning and pick up rubbish.

Mr Dressler, said he loved the park and hated seeing people dump bread there.

“All those ducks are going to get sick now,” he said. “Initially we started picking up bits of rubbish and now we come out and pick up every bit of rubbish every morning.

“We love this place.”

City staff went back later that day to clean up the bread.

Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said the City took illegal dumping very seriously.

“It is very disappointing that a person would commit such an act, which can harm the fauna in this area,” he said.

“From the amount of bread present, it could be assumed that it was the action of a commercial operator.”

A commercial operator can be fined $500 for illegal dumping or $200 for an individual.