Murray Shire notes increase in illegal dumping in North Dandalup, North Yunderup and Stake Hill


Asbestos materials dumped in front of an emergency services access way.
Asbestos materials dumped in front of an emergency services access way.

NORTH Dandalup, North Yunderup and Stake Hill are under close watch in the wake of a recent increase in illegal littering in the Murray Shire.

Murray chief executive Dean Unsworth said illegal littering was stacking up at the expense of ratepayers.

He said rangers were reporting large commercial loads of rubbish and building waste dumped in road reserves and environmentally sensitive areas.

Illegal rubbish dumping is not only hazardous to the environment but also poses a health risk to residents when it is not disposed of correctly at waste disposal facilities.

There have been incidents where asbestos materials have been left in public spaces, exposed to the public.

There have also been cases where rubbish has blocked emergency service access ways, risking the lives of the surrounding community, particularly during bushfire season.

Mr Unsworth said there had been 110 cases of illegal rubbish dumping within the shire since last July.

“The Shire is liaising with the Department of Environment Regulation regarding possible offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1986,’’ he said.

The maximum penalty for illegal dumping is $62,500 for an individual and $125,000 for a corporation.

Report any suspicious behaviour to 9531 7777 or mailbag@murray.wa.gov.au.