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