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Dumb-sters face $100,000 fines to stop this rubbish

NO RESPECT: Ipswich City Council is cracking down on illegal dumping across the city, such as this mess at Redbank Plains.
NO RESPECT: Ipswich City Council is cracking down on illegal dumping across the city, such as this mess at Redbank Plains. Contributed

A CRACKDOWN by Ipswich City Council on illegal dumping across the city could see the worst offenders facing fines of more than $100,000.

In the latest incident, tonnes of household rubbish have been dumped on a disused road at Redbank Plains.

Amongst the rubbish was unopened personal mail and a letter from the Ipswich Magistrates Court to a local resident, which may lead to the identification of the culprit.

Offenders who illegally dump large quantities of waste face maximum fines of $113,000.

Ipswich councillor Paul Tully said the offenders were "nothing but grubs", destroying the environment and costing the ratepayers money for a major clean-up.

Cr Tully called on the courts to "remove their kid gloves" and impose serious fines on those caught dumping illegally.

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"Whoever is responsible for this latest incident must be pretty stupid to leave their mail and personal documents at the scene," Cr Tully said.

"Dumping goes on periodically across the city but some of these people can only be described as dumb and dumber.

"They can expect a tap on their front door from the council asking how their private mail ended up in a rubbish heap on a public road in Redbank Plains.

"There has always been dumping over the years, but some people seem to think they can treat footpaths and bush tracks as their own private dumps.

"But it is the ratepayers of Ipswich who end up paying to remove this junk."

The nature of the material dumped also poses a health risk.

"Some of it can be dangerous - things like old TVs, broken glass and syringes are quite unacceptable in urban areas," Cr Tully said.

Topics:  illegal dumping, ipswich city council



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