Eye spy on dumpers

David Posch, Paul Miles and Brett Fitzgerald with dumped rubbish. Picture: Emma Goodwin www.communitypix.com.au d427352
David Posch, Paul Miles and Brett Fitzgerald with dumped rubbish. Picture: Emma Goodwin www.communitypix.com.au d427352

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said on Thursday that the Department of Parks and Wildlife regularly removed rubbish from the Warbrook Road area. Six motion-sensing infra-red cameras and warning signs will be installed by the end of the month.

‘Earlier this year, officers removed more than 76 tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish from an area north of Warbrook Road, at a cost of $30,000,’ Mr Jacob said.

‘Illegal dumping is not only costly for the community and detrimental to the health of our environment, it also poses a threat to public safety.’

Department officers have found and removed asbestos waste from the site as well as car parts, household appliances, furniture, construction materials and green waste.

Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles welcomed the cameras.

‘It’s disappointing that we must resort to surveillance because a small section of our community feel they can dump all manner of unwanted rubbish in our pine forests for ‘someone else’ to clean up,’ he said.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 the maximum fine for individuals convicted of illegal dumping is $62,500 and $125,000 for businesses.

‘So dumpers take note ” if you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise,’ Mr Miles said.