07 February 2015

Environmental vandalism: Driver caught on camera at Goodna dumping oil at car wash

Illegal dumper tracked to business in south west Brisbane faces severe fine. 

The Queensland Times reports:

Environmental vandalism attack at Goodna Car Wash.
By Brian Bennion

AUTHORITIES are investigating an alarming case of illegal dumping with litres of waste oil allegedly dumped at a Goodna car wash.

It is alleged the driver of a company van displaying the name of a Brisbane-based dealership was captured on security video surveillance appearing to dump drums of oil down the pits and vacuum area of the car wash at 7pm on Thursday.

Operators of Goodna Car Wash made a complaint to council yesterday morning after they discovered oil spilt and dumped into the drains.

It is understood the owner will be seeking restitution from the offender after having to contract a company to remove oil from the car wash pits.

The car wash is 100m from a major detention basin which flows directly to the Brisbane River at Goodna.

Authorities are investigating allegations 
of illegal waste oil dumpingat Goodna Car Wash.
Goodna Car Wash is believed to have installed video surveillance after vandals targeted the business last year.

Goodna-based councillor Paul Tully said the environmental vandals responsible should feel the full force of the law.

"This is one of the most blatant acts of environmental vandalism seen in Ipswich for many years.

"Environmental vandals like this deserve to be jailed because business owners and the community have to pick up the cost." Under council-enforced laws, illegal dumping of environmental waste can attract fines of up to $5500 for individuals and $15,000 for corporations.

Council is liaising with the Department of Environment in relation to investigation of the matter.

Cr Tully said council could take action against the registered owner of the vehicle even if the driver could not be identified.

The manager of Goodna Car Wash declined to comment yesterday. 


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