Surveillance and other methods to curtail dumpers in Hastings region

Clean sweep: Thanks to a $147,000 Environment Protection Agency grant council will clean up more than 300 dumping sites across our region in coming months.
Clean sweep: Thanks to a $147,000 Environment Protection Agency grant council will clean up more than 300 dumping sites across our region in coming months.

It’s astonishing how many people dump their rubbish in bushland or on the side of the road and don’t even blink an eye.

Not only does illegal dumping pollute our beautiful environment and is extremely unsightly, it poses real health risks, and ends up costing our community money and valuable resources to clean up.

More than 100 tonnes of waste was dumped illegally in our region last year, with white-goods, furniture and building waste topping the list of the most commonly dumped items.

Council takes illegal dumping extremely seriously and through the assistance of a $147,000 Environment Protection Agency (EPA) grant will be cleaning up more than 300 known dumping sites across our region in the coming months.

We’ll also be installing prevention measures and surveillance and running education programs to help everyone understand the impacts.

We’re urging everyone, to support the don’t be a dumper campaign and would appreciate you completing a 10 minute survey to help us determine what preventative measures to focus on.

Complete the survey, or find out how to dispose of your waste the right way at pmhc.nsw.gov.au/illegaldumping

Bring on barbecue season

Who doesn’t love a good barbeque? With the weather warming up and our region already turning on some great summer-like days, it’s the perfect time to dust off the tongs, prepare a few snags and head down to your local community barbie!

We’re lucky to have so many great locations to enjoy a barby across our region, and it’s a great way to get the kids out of the house, have some fun and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

Whether you’re looking to have a day out at the North Haven River Baths, explore the new Arboretum at Kooloonbung Creek or take the kids for a ride on the Yippin Creek steam railway, an outdoor barbecue is never too far away.

To find a spot for your next family barbie visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/parks.

This story Column: Support council’s Don’t be a Dumper campaign first appeared on Port Macquarie News.