Council cracks down on illegal dumpers with hefty fines

NINE people have been hit with hefty fines for illegally dumping tyres on the Gold Coast.

The fines, totalling $75,000, were issued following a three-month investigation into the illegal dumping of more than 1500 tyres across the Coast late last year.

The tyres were found dumped in bushland and on the side of the road right across the city, from Pimpama in the north to Reedy Creek in the south and as far west as Clagiraba.


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Lifestyle and Community Committee Chair Hermann Vorster said the City wouldn’t tolerate ‘environmental vandalism’.

“Enough is enough. Illegal dumping is a serious and growing issue in this city and we are determined to stamp it out,” Cr Vorster said.

“The message is loud and clear. If you dump your rubbish in our city illegally, you will get caught and you will be fined.”

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Individuals who illegally dump any material can expect to be fined up to $9,000, while companies face maximum fines of $650,000.

These fines are on top of clean-up costs.

Cr Vorster said council will also “launch court action” against those responsible.

It comes after the Community Committee today endorsed the new Litter and Illegal Dumping Reduction plan.

The intent of the plan is to provide better communications, information, services and infrastructure that will help individuals not to litter.

He said the plan had eleven projects which would target specific precinct types and behaviours.