The illegal dumping of a truck load of household rubbish next to Telarah Lagoon has angered many in the Maitland community.
The rubbish, which includes pieces of old furniture, bicycles and and general waste, is clearly visible to motorists using the New England Highway between the Trzecinksi Bridge and the Maitland Hospital roundabout.
That anger is likely to intensify today with news that ratepayers will have to foot the bill for the clean-up if the offender cannot be found.
Mayor Peter Blackmore joined the chorus of those disgusted by the incident and he called on anyone who may have witnessed the dumping to report the matter to council.
“I’m hoping that the rangers can go through the waste and find something that will tie someone to the act, then heaven help them, the full force of the law will come down on them,” Cr Blackmore said yesterday.
Some believe the rubbish may have been dumped in such a highly visible spot to make a statement about the high cost of dumping rubbish at the city’s Mt Vincent Waste Centre, but Cr Blackmore is of the opinion that illegal dumping would occur even if it cost only $1 to take waste to landfill.
Telarah Lagoon has become home to a variety of birds and wildlife in recent years and is now one of thejewels in the city’s crown.
It would be wonderful if those responsible for dumping rubbish could be brought before the courts and ordered to perform community service where they had to help with beautification projects across the city.
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