People caught dumping rubbish in Royal National Park can expect a hefty penalty, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has warned.
NPWS Area Manager, Michael Treanor, said the dumping of rubbish is illegal, unsightly and potentially a hazard for park users.
“Rubbish is also dangerous for wildlife, degrades the park and takes considerable time and money to clean up,” Michael said.
“That’s time and money that we’d prefer to spend on improving our services and facilities for visitors.
“Some people might think by dumping illegally they can avoid tip-fees but these are going to be a lot cheaper than paying the penalty if you are caught.
“Police and rangers are able to issue on-the-spot fines under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act of $750 for individuals and $1500 for corporations. If prosecuted, the maximum fines for transport and dumping offences are $120,000 for individuals and $250,000 for corporations.
Michael said unfortunately illegal dumping continues to be a problem, particularly along Farnell Ave.
“We’ve got measures in place to help us detect and combat illegal dumping, including regular patrols and hidden cameras, but we can’t be everywhere all the time,” he said.
“That’s why we’re asking for the community to help us stamp out illegal rubbish dumping in Royal National Park.
“If you do see anybody dumping rubbish, or have any information about illegal dumping please contact the Royal National Park office at Audley on 9542 0648. Information will be treated in confidence.”