Western Australia Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson
Dumpers Pay For Illegally Disposing Waste
Victor P Taffa
- 3 illegal dumping offenders pay a total of more than $17,000 in fines and costs
- Convictions send a strong message to the community that illegal dumping is not tolerated
Illegal dumpers have been ordered to pay more than $17,000 in fines, court and clean-up costs last month following successful prosecutions by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER).
“Illegal dumping has a significant impact on our environment and these convictions send a strong message to the community that it is not tolerated.” Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson said.
“Department uses a number of investigative tools to help capture and convict illegal dumpers.”
In one case, Cassandra Anne Bosich and Damion John De Bari were employed via Airtasker to demolish a bathroom in Merriwa and dispose of the waste.
Rather than legally dispose of the waste, the pair dumped it in State Forest in Nowergup.
DWER inspectors were able to trace the waste back to the Merriwa property and subsequently charged Bosich and De Bari with illegal dumping.
Pair was sentenced at Joondalup Magistrates Court and fined $2,500 each and ordered to pay more than $700 in court costs.
In another case, Benjamin Todd Ordway pleaded guilty to 3 charges of illegal dumping after he was captured on hidden surveillance cameras used by DWER.
Cameras captured Ordway entering Matison Street in Southern River with a Mitsubishi truck with its tray filled with mixed waste on three occasions. Ordway then offloaded the contents of the truck on the side of the road, before driving off with an empty tray each time.
Ordway pleaded guilty and was fined $12,000 along with court costs of $753 following sentencing at Armadale Magistrates Court. He was also ordered to pay $1,016.98 in clean-up costs to the City of Gosnells.