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SPOILED AND SOILED: Rubbish dumped illegally in reserves a growing problem

MAYFIELD Road is well kept by those who live along the stretch of road but illegal rubbish dumping has spoiled the view.
Nanjing Night Net

In the Mugga Hill travelling stock reserve (TSR), about 200 metres down the road to the left, several garbage bags of general household waste has been thrown for scavenging animals and birds to pick through.

The Central West Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) has set up remote cameras at Mugga Hill TSR and has issued a total of $3000 in fines to several people because of illegal rubbish dumping during the past couple of months.

According to Central West LHPA senior ranger Lisa Thomas, illegal dumping has been a problem in the Dubbo area reserves for many years.

LHPA rangers have issued warnings to numerous people in the past, and have also placed warning signs alerting people to the fines attached for the dumping of rubbish on TSRs.

But now the Central West LHPA has been using remote cameras to monitor illegal rubbish dumping on TSRs close to Dubbo.

“The six people recently fined were pictured driving onto the Mugga Hill TSR with rubbish on their vehicle/trailer and leaving some minutes later without any rubbish,” Ms Thomas said.

“LHPA staff interviewed all six people identified and in all cases they admitted to the offence of dumping rubbish and subsequent $500 fines were issued.”

Not only does LHPA staff have to regularly clean up rubbish in reserves but also volunteers who regularly participate in Clean Up Australia Day.

“The types of rubbish being dumped varied from lawn clippings and green waste that pose the threat of introducing new weeds onto TSRs, to general household rubbish and whitegoods,” Ms Thomas said.

“The dumping of rubbish poses a health risk not only to LHPA staff but also to the general community that use the TSRs for recreational purposes.

“For example 30 syringes were picked up by LHPA field staff in one pile of dumped rubbish.”

When the Daily Liberal visited the Mugga Hill TSR the rubbish spread over many metres, spoiling the bush it had been left in with Currawong birds picking through the trash.

There were many different items of trash at the dumpsite including paper waste, plastic food packaging and even a remote control.

Ms Thomas said the general community should be aware that even though the LHPA are targeting rubbish dumping on TSRs was also an offence to dump rubbish on any public land such as council roadsides, state forests or any park land.

“With various government agencies now using remote cameras it is now a matter of not if you get caught but when you get caught,” she said.

LHPA staff would also be using the remote cameras to monitor for other illegal activities such as motorbike riding and cutting of firewood from TSRs and continue to issue fines for these offences.

Illegally dumped rubbish on Mayfield Road

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