Waste dumped on roadside
Mitchell Shire Council is calling on the community to help catch those responsible for dumping a large amount of industrial waste on one of its roadsides.
Council is treating the material, which was dumped on Donovans Lane south of Beveridge, as asbestos. Alternative access arrangements are in place for nearby properties.
An accredited removalist will be on site in the coming days to clean up the area, and Council will continue to monitor the site and take any extra action as needed.
The recent wet weather has fortunately helped to contain the pile, and it poses no threat to the community as long as it remains undisturbed.
Unfortunately, clean-up costs are expected to be in excess of $30,000, which is a huge cost burden for ratepayers to have to bear.
Police and Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria have been notified, and the matter is being investigated.
If you have any information, please call Council on (03) 5734 6200.
Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor, Councillor Bill Chisholm
“Incidents like this are a huge cost burden for Council. This is unfair on our community, and we will be doing everything in our power to find the culprit,” he said.
“We’re disappointed that someone would do this in our local area and in our community. It not only has a huge monetary impact on Council’s budget, but it impacts our environment and the health and safety of our residents and visitors.
“Illegal dumping like this will not be tolerated, and we will ensure those responsible are dealt with appropriately.
“Unfortunately, considering the isolated nature of the road in which it occurred it is possible they will try this again, either on this site or in other places. We’re asking the community to be vigilant and take notice of anything unusual. If you see something that isn’t quite right, please report it.
“We thank the community for their vigilance in reporting this incident so quickly, and we will be doing everything in our power to prosecute if we can.”