INSTEAD of going to the tip like everyone else, renovators dumped their rubbish at a car park near a scenic and quiet Bass Coast beach.
The renovation waste, including a sink, pipes, cardboard and plastic, was dumped at the ‘Tea Tree car park’ at Powlett River which is part of the Kilcunda-Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve.
Parks Victoria ranger Brian Martin returned last week to the area after he and his colleagues have been busy fighting fires in other parts of Victoria.
The rubbish has been dumped in two separate spots and wind has pushed it around, resulting in rubbish scattered through the beautiful environment.
In a statement from Parks Victoria, a spokeswoman said Parks Victoria rangers were “disappointed” to see the household and commercial waste dumped at the car park.
But disappointed is an understatement.
“This type of activity is very disheartening particularly given there are many local volunteer groups/individuals working with Parks Victoria on projects that aim to conserve and protect our Bass Coast Parks and Reserves,” she said.
“The time and financial resources required to clean up the waste and dispose of it properly diverts funds away from providing other services and facilities in the parks and reserves.”
The Bass Coast Shire Council has sent a letter to a person who they believe is connected to the dumping of the rubbish.
The person will need to respond to council within 21 days with an explanation of why the rubbish was dumped at the car park.
“Parks Victoria is appealing to all community members to report this type of illegal activity to the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 19 63, Vic Police or Bass Coast Shire Council,” the spokeswoman said.
Hefty fine for illegal dumping
SOUTH Gippsland residents received a timely reminder that illegal rubbish dumping isn’t only unsightly, harmful to the environment and a nuisance to others, it can also be very costly.
Last week a 26 year old Grantville man was fined $1000 for illegally dumping rubbish and ordered to pay council’s costs of $596.
On August 31, the man attended a property at Fish Creek to remove a trailer-load of rubbish at the request of the property owner.
The property owner paid the man for this service and also gave him money to cover the transfer station fees.
However, South Gippsland Shire Council Local Laws Officers later attended a call-out to Buffalo, where they found a substantial amount of rubbish dumped on the side of the road. Enquiries eventually led Local Laws Officers to the Grantville man.
Coordinator of Local Laws, Bruce Gardiner told the presiding Judicial Registrar that the accused and another man had dumped the materials beside the road.
The accused denied any knowledge of or participation in the behaviour, stating that one of his workers must have been responsible.
Mr Gardiner also stated that this type of offending was “selfish and unfair on the public.
They have to put up with looking at this mess and then their rates are used to clean it up and take it away.
“People don’t realise that when they dump this sort of rubbish we have to send in trucks and people in to remove it safely so that road users and the environment are not put at risk.
“It’s also frustrating that much of this waste could have been disposed of at a transfer station at no cost.”
Residents are able to deposit many recyclable materials at the council’s transfer stations free of charge including steel and other metals, glass bottles, plastic bottles, containers and drums, car bodies (drained of fluids and tyres removed), white goods, car batteries and used motor oil.
A green waste amnesty period also applies during November and December each year to assist property owners with fire season preparation.
Visit www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au for information about waste disposal.