River

GB CMA clean up rubbish dumpers mess

Wednesday 14 May, 2008
A large amount of rubbish was found dumped last week on the Yea River near Glenburn.

A large amount of rubbish was found dumped last week on the Yea River near Glenburn.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) and the Murrindindi Shire Council worked together last week to remove rubbish dumped on the bank of the Yea River. Swift action was taken to clean the site up and prevent contamination of the waterway with what appeared to be predominantly building materials.

Murrindindi Council Law Enforcement Office Mr Ian Coller said it was a disgraceful act and we have investigated the rubbish to see if we could find out who did it, but it seemed to be mostly building material waste.

"We believe it may have been the work of a contractor in the area and we are working closely with the GB CMA and EPA to determine who the culprit was that had such disregard for the health of our waterways.'

"The dumping of this rubbish is also of concern because of the proximity of the rubbish to the CFA water fill point, this could have impeded water access for tankers," said Mr Coller.

GB CMA UG Waterways Team Leader Christine Glassford said the area within which the rubbish was dumped is a popular fishing spot, which has been enhanced with revegetation works undertaken by an active local community group and supported by the GB CMA.

"Two drought impacted farm workers employed by the GB CMA, through the Drought Employment Program, have sorted and removed the rubbish to the council tip in Yea.'

"The GB CMA is very grateful for the Council's quick action to investigate, involve other relevant agencies and ensure the waterways were not contaminated.   In addition the Council contributed to the works by waiving tip fees to enable the Drought Employment Program workers to dispose of the rubbish," said Ms Glassford. 

Anyone with information that could help us identify this person should contact the GB CMA Yea Office on 5736 0100.

Alternatively, when you see someone littering from their car, jot down the time of the incident, the place and the registration number. Call 1800 35 25 55 or jump online at www.epa.vic.gov.au with your information to report a litterer.

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For more information please contact

Christine Glassford at GB CMA on 0419567461

Stacey Brauman at Impress Publicity on 0400 644 637