2000 square metres of rubbish illegally dumped near Mareeba waterway

28 Oct 2014

More than 2000 square metres of rubbish, from domestic waste and furniture, to rusted car bodies and old steel drums, has been illegally dumped near the irrigation channels on Mareeba-Dimbulah Road in Mutchilba.

SunWater Mareeba Service Manager Charlie Martens said the water supply company would not tolerate people using its land as their personal dumping ground.

"The land at Mutchilba runs alongside the Mareeba-Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme and natural creek areas, putting at risk the water quality and natural environment in the local waterways," Mr Martens said.

"It beggars belief that members of the public would have such disregard for our community and our local environment," he said.

"We have been working with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and Mareeba Shire Council to remove the rubbish and stop any future dumping at the site.

"Clearing the rubbish is a huge task, requiring extra staff to clear an area the size of about 10 tennis courts of rubbish over the past few weeks. The reality is that it should not have been put there in the first place.

"Not only is dumping waste bad for the environment, but it is also illegal, with maximum court imposed penalties of more than $100,000.

"We encourage anyone who sees this illegal and thoughtless behaviour to report it to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection."

Report littering and illegal dumping: https://report-littering-dumping.ehp.qld.gov.au/

 

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