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05 April 2012

New powers allow council officers to tackle littering and illegal dumping

IPSWICH City Council officers will now be able to act against those caught littering or illegally dumping items under new powers granted by the Queensland Government.

The Queensland Government recently granted new powers to Ipswich City Council for the management and enforcement of litter and illegal dumping.

These penalties include an on-the-spot fine of at least $200 for a small amount of litter, and up to $6400 for a corporation illegally dumping a large amount of waste. If the offence is dealt with by the courts the maximum penalty is $100,000. 

Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said littering and dumping items anywhere other than at a refuse transfer station had a significant impact on the city's economy, aesthetics, environment and health.

"Littering and illegally dumping items is negative behaviour and affects the city in a number of ways - it pollutes our waterways, hurts animals who mistake items for food and attracts rodents and other vermin. It increases the risk of fire and also creates unsightly areas within our city," Cr Tully said.

"It also hits the hip pocket through clean-up costs and a possible decrease in property values in affected areas."

The spokesperson said the correct way to dispose of rubbish was to use a rubbish bin, take waste home to place in wheelie bins or take large items to one of council's waste refuse and recycling centres.

Council also uses cameras at a number of locations to detect violations, however encourages the community to be proactive and report any instances of littering and illegal dumping. 

A new online reporting system is now available through the State Government's website where concerned residents can provide details of an offence they've witnessed.

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