Mayor Tom Tate has urged Gold Coast residents to be vigilant and dob in anyone dumping illegal tyres after a spate of incidents.
More than 2000 tyres have been dumped on the northern Gold Coast in the last five months with Coomera, Stapylton, Ormeau and Norwell the favoured dumping grounds.
Mayor Tate says enough is enough.
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“These grubs are going to be caught, we have now deployed mobile and camouflaged CCTV cameras to record their misdoing,” Mayor Tate warned.
“For obvious reasons, I won’t go into detail but we will catch them and I hope the courts hit them with the maximum fines.”
Council cameras and surveillance have already resulted in more than $50,000 in fines being handed out over the past two financial years.
The maximum fine for illegal dumping is $100,000.
Mayor Tate says waste tyres must be disposed of at Reedy Creek and Molendinar Waste and Recycling Centres and those responsible are simply trying to avoid tip fees.
“It’s greed, they have no respect for the environment and there’s no place for it in this city.”
The Mayor is urging Coast residents to do their bit.
“If you see someone suspicious, take a photo, ring Crimestoppers and let’s put an end to this.”
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.