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Southern Downs Regional Council investigates illegal dumping near Leyburn

Southern Downs Regional Council is investigating a case of illegal dumping near Leyburn which occurred late last week.

Individuals dumped two separate loads of concrete pads and blocks, metal piping and turf off-cuts along Benson Road on or around Friday, 26 October.

Local residents reported the incident to Council and reported that the dumping had damaged a property fence in the area.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the illegal dumping is unacceptable.

“The illegal dumping on Benson Road is significant and an eyesore for the Leyburn community and other residents who use the road,” Cr Dobie said.

“Residents should not have to deal with other people dumping waste in their backyards.”

Unlawful dumping can result in on the spot fines of up to $2,611 for individuals and up to $9,791 for businesses. The courts can impose even higher fines.

Council has identified the alleged offenders, and will continue to investigate the incident with hopes for a positive outcome in the coming weeks.

If the suspected parties who allegedly undertook these activities clean up the two loads and dispose of them at the local waste transfer facility, Council investigators will be happy with this outcome.

Council would also like to thank the residents that reported the incident in a timely manner. Thanks to their vigilant reporting, Council investigators were able to respond quickly and identify the persons of interest who are now assisting investigators.

If any residents observe persons illegally dumping wastes in the region, please notify Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) or notify the Queensland Government at https://report-littering-dumping.ehp.qld.gov.au.

For the locations of local waste transfer facilities in the region or other news please visit Council’s website on www.sdrc.qld.gov.au.

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