Builders on notice in City of Cockburn

City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett.  Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d445386
City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d445386

BUILDERS are risking fines worth hundreds of dollars by not disposing of waste properly.

In the last 12 months Cockburn rangers have received 135 complaints and issued nearly $9000 in infringements to builders who have failed to provide suitable bins to contain rubbish.

Most complaints come from developments in North Coogee, Banjup, Beeliar and other larger new subdivisions.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the City’s building compliance officers and rangers were cracking down on people not doing the right thing, as one builder found out when fined $6500.

“This issue impacts the City’s resources and the community at large,” he said.

“There have been instances of waste being dumped on vacant properties, with the waste becoming the problem of the vacant land owner. This behaviour cannot continue.”

A warning has also been put to renovators, with Cockburn’s planning and development director Daniel Arndt reminding residents a permit is needed before work can start.

Since October last year 113 building applications seeking retrospective approval for unauthorised work have been submitted to council.

Building permits ensure basic requirements are met.