Firm fined over illegal dumping

DINGO DEMOLITIONS, owned by Steve Patterson Pty Ltd, has been fined $1500 for illegally dumping building waste after being prosecuted by the Lismore City Council.

In a brief appearance before the Lismore Local Court on Tuesday, the Empire Vale businessman pleaded guilty to the offence.

In documents before the court, the council said the offence occurred at 11.15am on October 21 last year in Elliott Road at South Lismore, where the business was accused of taking and dumping building waste from a construction site at St Carthage’s Primary School.

Instead of taking the rubble, mostly bricks, concrete and soil, to a legal tip, Dingo Demolitions took it to a privately-owned commercial site.

The business operator was charged under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act.

Under the Act, individuals can receive a $750 on the spot fine for illegal dumping, with a maximum on the spot fine of $1500. Corporations can receive a $1500 on the spot fine, with a maximum fine of $5000.

In comments unrelated to the court matter, Lismore City Council waste and water education officer Kevin Trustum asked anyone with information about the illegal dumping of waste in the area to contact the council.

“If you see any illegal dumping of rubbish on the roadside or in public places please note the registration number of any vehicles and a description of the people involved. Immediately call the council’s Waste Hotline on 1300 878 387,” he said.

“Residents are reminded it is illegal to dump, or permit to be dumped, any waste, rubbish or soil on private or public land unless it is a licensed landfill site.”

In an unrelated matter, the council is seeking information on illegally dumped waste on the roadside at Monaltrie, south of Lismore, that has cost Lismore ratepayers more than $2500 to clean up.

The waste included tyres, concrete, household waste, furniture and timber.

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