The State Government will only exemplify City of Stirling for part of whale carcass clean-up costs

The State Government will only exemplify City of Stirling for part of whale carcass clean-up costs

THE State Government has confirmed it will only cover under 5 per cent of the $170,000 clean-up bill for the whale carcass that washed up on Scarborough beach and was trucked to Tamala Park refuse disposal site last week.

A spokeswoman for Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Government had exempted the City of Stirling from the $734 waste levy for the carcass and $7246 for the contaminated sand.

The confirmation follows news that government agencies organised for a dead humpback whale to be towed out to sea on Monday after it was floating toward Cottesloe.

Opposition Fisheries spokesman Dave Kelly said it was unreasonable for the Government to expect local government to foot the bill for the carcass removal.

A Department of Fisheries spokeswoman said responsibility laid with the local government where the whale washed up.