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Over the coming month Whitsunday Regional Council is planning to undertake a crackdown onillegal dumping, to find and prosecute offenders who are illegally littering or dumping in theWhitsunday region.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said recently a number of illegal dumpers have been caught and fined, some travelling from outside the region to dump in our beautiful backyard.
“Whitsunday Regional Council has received eight motion sensor cameras through the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Illegal Dumping Surveillance Camera Grants,” she said
“The surveillance cameras are used to target illegal dumping and littering hotspots throughout the Whitsunday region, in the attempt to reduce the activity.
“These cameras ensure that if you dump illegal you will be caught and prosecuted by theWhitsunday Regional Council.
“Illegal dumping and littering can have detrimental impacts to the various ecosystems in our region as well as having the potential to harm native wildlife through entanglement and accidental consumption,” she said.
Fines can range from $220 on-the-spot fines to $44,000 depending upon the severity.
Domestic waste under 2 cubic metres can be disposed free of charge at Council’s waste facilities located at Kelsey Creek, Cannonvale, Bowen and Collinsville.
Recycling facilities are also located at all waste facilities in the Whitsunday region.
Anyone with information relating to illegal dumping, including offence details, can contact Council’s Planning & Community Department on (07) 4945 0237.
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