Noel Neilsen looks at a TV dumped near his home at Mt Chalmers; one of many items dumped illegally.
Noel Neilsen looks at a TV dumped near his home at Mt Chalmers; one of many items dumped illegally. Allan Reinikka

Dead animals may attract dogs

ANIMAL carcasses illegally dumped in a council-owned site could be drawing wild dogs closer to residents' homes.

Mt Chalmers Rd resident Noel Neilsen made the discovery of the carcasses, along with a dumped television, carpet and plastic rubbish on Thursday.

Mr Neilson said there were about six bags of dead chickens and other animal carcasses at the Rockhampton Regional Council-owned site.

"My main concern with dumping dead chooks and other animals in the area is that there is a very large pack of wild dogs that roam the area and the last thing anyone wants is to attract the pack close to their house," he said.

"Many domestic dogs and other animals have been killed by the pack over the years."

Mr Neilson said he phoned council on Thursday morning and the carcasses were removed that day.

"All the other rubbish is still there," he said.

"There are sheets of plastic, old carpet, an old TV set, tyres; down the old Yeppoon railway line a bit there is the remains of a cow that has been dumped.

"Why the council didn't take the plastic and carpet and other assorted rubbish in the same pile as the chooks I will never know.

"There is also a pile of rubbish beside the road on Sleipner Rd and another on Cawarral Rd."

A council spokesman said since the new Waste Management legislation came into effect, illegal rubbish dumping was now the responsibility of the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

However, the council has dealt with that particular illegal rubbish dumping matter.

"We sent a team out there yesterday (Thursday) and collected four bags of dead chooks and they were disposed of," the spokesman said.

"There was a small amount of plastic and carpet still to be collected. A request has been put through."

Residents are urged to ring the State Government's rubbish dumping hotline on 137 468 if they have any information on illegal rubbish dumping matters.

The council spokesman said if anyone has any information on this matter to call council.



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