Councillor David Pahlke inspects the edge of Behms Road, an illegal dumping hot spot.
Councillor David Pahlke inspects the edge of Behms Road, an illegal dumping hot spot. Claudia Baxter

Residents hit out at dumping

PEOPLE who live on quiet roads are often helpless victims of illegal dumping but one resident is fighting back.

The man who lives on Behms Road at Amberley has had enough of the dumping he says has been happening, “for ever and a day”.

“It goes on and on and it happens at night as well,” said the man, who did not want his name published.

“We’ve been copping truckloads of lawn clippings and garden prunings. With some of it, to me the amount of grass makes me think it’s contractors.

“They’re so quick at dumping the stuff too; they just stop, dump and drive away.

“It’s a health risk, too; I’ve seen syringes dumped here and asbestos. It’s ugly. There’s noxious weeds too. After Christmas it will be dogs and cats.”

Behms Road turns off Old Toowoomba Road and meanders through Defence Department-owned land to the back of RAAF Base Amberley.

“The dumps at Riverview and Rosewood are too far way I suppose,” the resident said.

Ipswich councillor David Pahlke, whose division covers Behms Road, said illegal dumping was due to “laziness”.

“People might says it’s because of the dump fees but I think back to the ’90s when we had nil fees and we still had stuff dumped,” Cr Pahlke said.

“This isn’t a systematic thing related to fees. It’s environmental vandalism.”

He said among other sparsely-populated roads in the Ipswich area, Behms Road was a well-known dumping hot spot.

“It’s not hard to see why. If you see a truck load of rubbish coming down the road it’s no secret what they’re doing,” he said.

“Some people must think it’s fair game to dump: ‘No-one lives there’. But this will be the main entry to the base one day so it has to stop. We are looking at getting cameras out here to catch people.”

He said the council imposed a $400 fine on people caught illegally dumping but admitted not many had been fined.

“There’s no need to dump illegally; we’ve got a very good waste collection service in Ipswich,” Cr Pahlke said.

“Plus we’re looking at introducing green waste bins; we just have to get 6000 people to say they’re interested.”



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