Kelmscott man receives heavy fine for illegal dumping at Mt Cooke


David Anthony Cresswell was caught on covert camera illegally dumping waste on DBCA-owned land in Mt Cooke.
David Anthony Cresswell was caught on covert camera illegally dumping waste on DBCA-owned land in Mt Cooke.

A KELMSCOTT man has received a $4000 fine after he was caught illegally dumping a trailer full of rubbish at Mt Cooke.

The Department of Water and Environment Regulation (DWER) said 31-year-old David Anthony Cresswell was captured on camera illegally dumping a number of items at Leslie Track, just off Brookton Highway.

The land the materials were dumped on is owned by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

The Magistrate ordered Cresswell pay a $4000 fine, another $300 for failing to say who was driving the vehicle involved in the dumping and $742.50 in court costs.

DWER Waste Operations senior manager Matt Warnock said the successful prosecution should act as a warning to ‘would-be’ dumpers.

“Illegal dumping can impact people’s health and the environment,” he said.

“This court outcome further highlights that if you dump waste illegally you will be caught, and there will be consequences for your actions.”

Mr Warnock said more than 200 illegal dumping investigations were carried out every year and that DWER constantly monitors covert cameras all across the state.

Illegal dumping can be reported to DWER’s Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or at pollutionwatch@dwer.wa.gov.au.

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