Rubbish dumping is becoming a growing concern in the Robinvale area.
Council has partnered with the Department of Justice and Community Safety Loddon Mallee Community Work team and Parks Victoria to clean up a number of reported rubbish ‘hot spots’. Target areas of particular concern are on the interfaces where the land managers share common boundaries and litter issues.
Swan Hill Rural City Council Authorised Officer in Robinvale Emma Wright said cleanup work was well underway.
“We have cleaned up rubbish from about three kilometres of roadside in the Tol Tol area – it looks so much cleaner and more inviting,” she said.
“We have removed six tandem trailer loads of rubbish from the Moore Street area, with more still to be removed.
“Teams have also been working together to clear rubbish and other items dumped at Centenary Park. Our crews have removed nine cubic metres of rubbish and two abandoned vehicle from the park.
“And signs have been put up in hot spots to deter future rubbish dumping. Businesses and local residents have already seen a noticeable difference.
She said Council would continue to monitor these areas, to reduce the amount of rubbish being dumped and potentially to identify people dumping rubbish.
“We rely on the community to help be our eyes and ears in these areas, so if you see someone dumping litter, or an area where it has been dumped, please report it,” she said.
Ms Wright said that working in partnership had meant that rubbish could be removed in a more timely way.
People found guilty of littering can be issued with an on-the-spot fine. Fines for littering can range from $289 to $577. Fines for illegal dumping can attract a maximum penalty of $610,700 for individuals and up to $1.2 million for a corporation.
You can report illegal dumping and littering by calling 1300 372 842, calling Council’s Regulatory Services department on 5036 2346, by visiting the EPA website: www.epa.vic.gov.au/get-involved/illegal-dumping or by calling Parks Victoria on 13 1963.