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Crack Down on Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping has become a growing concern in the region due to the unsightly mess it creates and the severe biohazard and bushfire risk it poses.


Nine defendants will face Magistrate Court fines of up to $57,500 each, following Moreton Bay Regional Council's recommendation to prosecute offenders caught dumping waste in excess of 2,500 litres.


"Our locals cherish living in Moreton Bay because of the perfect balance we maintain between vibrant urban centres and the stunning natural beauty that surrounds us, from our pristine waters to our lush hinterland," said Mayor Peter Flannery.

"Illegal dumping sites often contain hazardous materials, such as chemicals, that can lead to devastating bushfires or pose significant threats to our community and the environment we hold dear."

The Council has deployed mobile CCTV cameras throughout the region to combat this growing issue, gathering substantial evidence to support their prosecution efforts. Mayor Flannery asserted that the evidence collected would be presented in court, ensuring that the perpetrators face the consequences of their actions.

In addition to cracking down on illegal dumping, the Council promotes responsible waste disposal among residents by offering free disposal services at tips throughout the region, a service available to Moreton Bay residents with a capped limit of three tonnes or 26 visits per year.

Mayor Flannery issued a stern warning to those who might be considering illegal dumping in Moreton Bay.

"There's no excuse for illegal dumping in Moreton Bay, especially when Council provides convenient and free waste disposal options. We are taking this issue very seriously, and we will not hesitate to take legal action against offenders. It's only a matter of time before you're caught."

Prosecuting alleged offenders is just one of the many steps they are taking to ensure that the natural beauty of Moreton Bay continues to thrive.

Residents seeking more information on waste disposal and recycling services provided by the Council can visit the official website at https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Waste-Recycling.

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