Rubbish mess angers

The density of the rubbish never ceases to amaze Safety Bay resident Dave Worth.
The density of the rubbish never ceases to amaze Safety Bay resident Dave Worth.

But neither the cities of Rockingham or Kwinana or LandCorp, which share ownership of the area, have been able to control the dumping despite having a zero-tolerance approach and the risk of fines up to $62,500 for individuals and $125,000 for businesses.

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said nobody had ever been fined for dumping at the notorious spot despite it being patrolled by Eyes on the Street officers and Rockingham rangers, security service and waste services staff.

The land is zoned parks and recreation but is in a general industry zone, with no plans to develop it for recreational or industrial purposes.

Safety Bay resident Dave Worth has walked regularly in the reserve for more than a decade and said he never ceased to be amazed by the sheer density of the rubbish strewn along kilometres of dirt walkways and roads.

Rubbish includes building rubble, such as asbestos, undelivered newspapers and community directories, garden waste and myriad domestic cast-offs from lounge suites and other household furniture to washing machines, computers and televisions.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the fact the land was controlled by multiple landowners made its maintenance complex.

‘A thorough investigation is being undertaken to determine the best long-term approach to management of the reserve,’ she said.

‘It is important the area is not only cleaned up but is also reconfigured and an appropriate management process established.

‘Discussions between the three landowners, in particular between the cities of Rockingham and Kwinana, have progressed recently and we are confident a joint solution can be reached in the near future.’

Cr Sammels said he was saddened that people would use the area as a dump.

‘It’s not appropriate at all and if caught they will be fined,’ he said.

LandCorp industrial business manager David Lewis said $75,000 had been spent in recent years on rubbish removal and preventive measures to reduce entry to the area.

‘LandCorp is meeting council staff on site over the next few weeks and we will continue to work together on removing the rubbish and investigate further ideas on managing the area,’ he said.