City has its sights on illegal waste dumpers

Dave Worth at the site of Rockingham Beach Road where people have been illegally dumping rubbish. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d396837
Dave Worth at the site of Rockingham Beach Road where people have been illegally dumping rubbish. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d396837

The Courier identified the 26ha site off Rockingham Beach Road as a major illegal dumping site last month, with disused roads just past the CBH grain silos allowing for an easy and out of sight dumping ground.

Old furniture, home appliances, building materials and even a pram were among the rubbish.

After the Courier’s story on March 8, the City increased ranger and community security service patrols to the isolated area.

‘No fines have yet been issued, however City officers are investigating some information received from the public,’ he said.

‘The City has been working on the logistics of removing the amount of bulk waste with all parties concerned.’

In March, Cr Sammels said no one had been charged for dumping in the area despite constant patrols by security and rangers.

The area is part owned by the City, the City of Kwinana and Landcorp. Cr Sammels said City officers met with Landcorp before Easter to discuss the dumping.

‘Discussions involved the removal of rubbish and solutions to combat the concerning level of illegal dumping in the area, and the possibility of more permanent deterrents for restricting access to the area,’ he said.

People caught dumping risk a fine up to $62,500 and $125,000 for businesses.