Maylands: rubbish left lying in street for 3 months

The dumped rubbish on Belgrave Crescent in Maylands.
The dumped rubbish on Belgrave Crescent in Maylands.

ILLEGALLY dumped furniture and clothing on Belgrave Crescent in Maylands lay uncollected for three months.

A couch and pile of clothes were dumped behind the fence of a Department of Housing unit block.

Maylands resident Valerie Rudd, who walked past the site every day, said it was “disgraceful” the rubbish remained for three months.

She said she called a City of Bayswater representative last month, who told her they had given the Department of Housing a July 12 deadline to remove the rubbish.

On August 11, the Eastern Reporter sent questions to the Department of Housing about the rubbish and by 7am the next morning the rubble had been removed.

Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said on June 23 City rangers went to the property after a complaint was received and erected a sign to notify residents it was being investigated.

Two days later the City wrote to the Department of Housing to notify them and on June 28 advised them of a July 12 removal deadline.

“The City attended the property on two subsequent occasions to check if the rubbish had been removed but it had not,” he said.

“Dumped rubbish costs the City of Bayswater thousands of dollars.” Cr McKenna urged residents to report dumped rubbish as soon as possible to give the City the best chance of tracking down those responsible for the offence.

Housing Authority general manager Greg Cash said an officer went to the site on August 11. “It is not known who dumped the items there – or when – and neighbours have not directly reported this issue to the Housing Authority,” he said.

The maximum penalty under the Litter Act is $5000.