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Messy building sites are making a dump of our local streets

Janelle and Ray Duncombe are appalled at the rubbish piling up at their Racecourse Rd property.
Janelle and Ray Duncombe are appalled at the rubbish piling up at their Racecourse Rd property. Alasdair Young

WESTERN Downs Regional Council has launched a crackdown on messy building sites across the region, and Janelle Duncombe couldn't be happier.

Mrs Duncombe is fed up with rubbish spilling from building sites close to her Racecourse Rd home in Miles.

"We try to keep our block nice and clean, but we're just fighting an endless battle with the rubbish that's coming onto our block and even down the street," she said.

"It just looks like a dump."

Council has called on residents to catch builders in the act of littering with photographic or video evidence and it will then follow offences up with potentially huge fines.

Environmental Health portfolio spokesman Greg Olm said council shared the community's concern about the recent increase in the amount of builders' waste littering neighbourhoods.

"We've had to issue some fairly substantial infringement notices to problematic sites," Cr Olm said.

"We encourage the community to help us keep track of where the waste is coming from so that those doing the wrong thing can be held to account."

Fines for littering start at $220 and can range through to a maximum court imposed penalty of $110,000.

If you see waste leaving a building site, you can assist council by providing a statutory declaration or video evidence as proof of which site the rubbish has come from.

If you see any other litter events, you can log details through the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection's Littering and Illegal Dumping Reporting form on its website www.ehp.qld.gov.au.

Topics:  rubbish, waste, western downs regional council


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