Taranganba resident says don’t drop rubbish on our yard
TARANGANBA resident Malcolm Gates has had enough of people blatantly littering his property after discovering yet another disposal of waste products last week.
Mr Gates said he had lived at his 6.7 hectare property, right next to Taranganba State School, for more than 40 years and, during that time, it had been a constant battle to stop people dumping their waste.
"I erected a sign out the front of the property so people would know that this is private property where someone lives, not a dumping zone," Mr Gates said.
"In the last few weeks I had to hire a backhoe to come in and clean up debris that has been dumped by people and this is not the first time, I am constantly finding everything from building waste products to white goods."
Last week was the final straw for Mr Gates when arriving home he discovered a dumping of a wet reddish looking slurry on his property right near the fence line to the school.
Frustrated by his constant battle with the illegal dumping and concerned whether the slurry was toxic, Mr Gates started making inquiries.
"I contacted council, the police and offered a reward for information leading to the discovery of the identity of the person responsible," Mr Gates said.
"Through my inquiries, I found that a sub-contractor had dumped the waste and I contacted them.
"They were apologetic but the question remains, were they sorry for dumping the waste material on private property or were they sorry they got caught?"
Mr Gates said the point was that something was going wrong in the community when contractors thought it was okay to dump their waste anywhere they liked rather than dispose of it in the correct manner.
"I take my stuff to the tip, I take other people's stuff to the tip and I take my building waste to the tip, I never make it someone else's problem," Mr Gates said.
Livingstone Shire Acting CEO Brett Bacon said there were a number of options for reporting the littering and illegal dumping.
"This can be reported directly to council through telephone, email or in person, reported via the online complaint form on the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection website or emailing the department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offenders face fines ranging from $227 to $3451.