Hefty fine for dumping car body in Jandabup bush in City of Wanneroo

Butera filmed driving a blue Mazda tip truck in   State forest at Jandabup.
Butera filmed driving a blue Mazda tip truck in State forest at Jandabup.

A DIANELLA man who dumped a car body and other waste in State forest in Jandabup has been fined $5000 in Joondalup Magistrates Court.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation launched the prosecution after 47-year-old Colin Jason Butera was caught on covert surveillance cameras.

The court heard this week that on June 5 last year – on two separate occasions – Butera drove a Mazda tip truck to State Forest 65 in Jandabup in the City of Wanneroo where he unloaded the waste, including glass, timber and the cut-down car body and motor vehicle parts.

The cut-down car body Butera left on a track in Jandabup.

Butera entered guilty pleas to the two charges of dumping but did not appear in court.

Magistrate Thomas Hall imposed fines of $2500 for each charge and ordered Butera to pay costs of $433.67.

Department waste operations senior manager Matt Warnock said the brazen acts showed complete disregard for the environment and the community and were inexcusable.

“Dumping a cut-up motor vehicle in the middle of a road poses significant risks to other motorists and shifts the cost of cleaning up the mess to taxpayers,” he said.

The Department does more than 200 illegal dumping investigations annually and monitors covert surveillance across the State.

Illegal dumping can be reported to the department’s 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or by email to pollutionwatch@dwer.wa.gov.au