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Shire issues warning over unauthorised dumping and infilling

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is reminding people of the need to obtain proper approval for works on private property following the prosecution...

29 October 2018

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is reminding people of the need to obtain proper approval for works on private property following the prosecution of a landowner who illegally dumped and buried materials within a conservation wetland area.

In November 2016 the Shire received a complaint about the apparent dumping of building rubble and other materials at a private property in Oakford.

Subsequent investigations found that material was brought onto the property and dumped within a large hole before being backfilled with sand and compacted using heavy machinery.

Despite receiving a Stop Notice from the Shire, the landowner was found to have continued dumping material on the site.

Last month, the Shire successfully prosecuted the landowner. A decision was handed down in the Armadale Magistrate’s Court requiring them to pay a $12,500 fine plus legal costs of around $10,000, bringing the total penalty to almost $23,000. The landowner will also be required to remediate the site.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said unauthorised dumping and filling of land was potentially damaging to the environment and could cause flooding. She urged anyone considering filling their property to first contact the shire.   

“In WA, it’s an offence to undertake activities including dumping waste materials on public or private land or filling land without the appropriate approvals, and it is something that is treated very seriously,” Cr Rich said.

“Such activities can have a significant impact on the environment, amenity, and potentially the public’s health.

“Our message to property owners is simple. Do not undertake any development or works, without the appropriate approvals in place. If you accept foreign materials onto your property, or wish to infill a particular section of land, you’re potentially facilitating illegal dumping and this could leave you liable to fines and clean-up costs.

“Anyone considering development or filling of an area of their property should first contact the shire. We’ll be able to assess the situation and provide advice in relation to the required approvals.”