Gold Coast Council issued $165k in fines for illegal dumping

Gold Coast Council says it’s delivering on it’s plan to crack down on illegal dumping, thanks to funding from the state government.

City-wide efforts have been ramped up to try and catch both businesses and residents illegally dumping trash.

It’s resulted in more than $165,000 in issued fines around the coast since August last year.


But Deputy Mayor Donna Gates says that’s no where near what illegal dumping costs the council to clean up.

“These people deserve to be caught and hit hard with fines and that’s what we are doing. We spend $7 million a year cleaning up litter and illegal dumping.

“The State is backing us with $240,000 in funding for two key staff. That program is getting results with 80 infringement notices issued (totalling $165,000 in fines) since August.

“We are also running a specific program to focus on multi-unit dwellings in Surfers and Labrador so if you see anyone illegally dumping, get in touch with council and we will act,” Ms Gates said.

Gold Coast Council has been backed in this initiative by the state government, with two separate programs for the 2019-20 period.

· $185,000 – Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnerships Program

· $57,692 – Local Government Illegal Dumping Hotspot Program

Locals are also being encouraged to report illegal dumping when they see it, by using the CityAPP or calling 5667 5991.