Illegal dumper tracked down and fined for rubbish in local State forest

Children’s toys, appliances and general household waste were amongst a pile of rubbish found dumped in a local State forest plantation last week, with the culprit tracked down and fined by Forestry Corporation of NSW.

Tumut-based Stewardship and Fire Supervisor Rod Baker said illegal rubbish dumping was an issue Forestry Corporation takes seriously.

“It’s frustrating and disappointing that a small number of people see our State forests as their dumping grounds and we always investigate to see if we can find and penalise any culprits,” Mr Baker said.

“In this instance, we were able to find out who dumped the rubbish and were able to track down and fine the person responsible.

“Local State Forests are great assets for our region – they are free to visit and attract visitors from throughout the local area and beyond for four wheel driving, camping, bushwalking, orienteering, mountain biking and much more.

“Illegally dumped rubbish ruins the experience for visitors, costs a significant amount of money to remove and can also put other community members and wildlife at genuine risk if it obstructs trails or poses a fire hazard.

“Illegal dumping is an issue the whole community can help us tackle. We encourage all forest users to help us keep an eye on the forest by reporting anything suspicious they notice while exploring the forest.

“If you do find any illegally dumped materials, you can report it to the Environment Line on 131 555, Forestry Corporation’s Tumut office on 6947 3911, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“Most importantly, if you are thinking of disposing of rubbish, make sure you drop it off at the local tip where it belongs, not in the State forest.”

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