The Border Watch : April 12th 2019
4 NEWS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au BRAZEN DUMPING: Some of the material strewn across Chambers Road at Glenburnie. DUMPING ANGER: Grant District Council environmental and health compliance team leader Aaron Price shows a box containing hydroponic equipment dumped brazenly on a road near Mount Gambier. Pictures: SANDRA MORELLO Illegal dumpers leave long trail of evidence Photographs and birthday cards found alongside drugs and hydroponic equipment on city’s outskirts From front page The dumped material has infu- FINDING CLUES: Community ranger Dale Millar looks through a string of evidence left at the dumping scene. The council worker flips through an album full of photographs, which was found nestled in the dumped material. riated Grant District Council staff who have been sifting through the material that contains hazardous items such as syringes. In extraordinary scenes, it is understood the offenders drove erratically along the road trying to get a material to fly off the back of a vehicle after tying it to fence posts. Taking The Border Watch to the site yesterday, council staff are also flabbergasted that numerous documents revealing the possible identity of the alleged dumper have been left scattered in the piles of rubbish. Council staff will now use this material - which includes hospital x-ray scans, birthday cards and even an album containing photographs - to track down the alleged offender. SUSPICIOUS FIND: A container of chemicals believed to be used for the manufacturing of illicit drugs in Mount Gambier. Mount Gambier Police have also been at the site this week. Grant District Council community ranger Dale Millar - who has been charged with investigating a raft of illegal dumping incidents - said yesterday it appeared illegal dumpers were becoming increasingly brazen. Mr Millar said he was particularly alarmed by this incident given the material was dumped in the middle of the road, most likely at night. He warned this could poten- tially cause an accident for an approaching motorist. “They appeared to have done wheelies to try and get the material off,” said Mr Millar, who showed the weaving wheel marks on the road. Explaining there was a distinct smell of cleaning materials, Mr Miller questioned whether the dumpers had recently vacated a property. “It appears they have pulled together their hydroponic equipment, got rid of all of the marijuana and cleaned-up the house.” Mr Millar warned potential illegal dumpers that council operated hidden cameras in known hot spots to catch out illegal dumping activity. “If you see someone with a load of rubbish going out at night, you know they are not going to the tip,” he added. Grant District Council environmental and health compliance team leader Aaron Price also warned the illegal dumpers would be caught and faced hefty fines or even prosecution. “People will be caught, espe- cially if they are silly enough to leave their details,” Mr Price said. “If we find material identifying people, then it will be up to them to prove it was not them.” He said it appeared illegal dumpers were targeting roads on the fringe areas of Mount Gambier where there were less houses and vehicle activity. “We are still seeing illegal dumping in the district, particularly bigger items such as mattresses and furniture,” Mr Price said. The council employee called for people to come forward with information about this incident or others across the district. Mr Price said council now had the headache of cleaning up the material on Chambers Road, which was problematic given the syringes scattered in the bags of rubbish. Council staff have also recently found more than 40 used syringes - containing blood - in the middle of another road on the fringe areas of Mount Gambier. People are urged to record vehicle registration numbers of suspicious or illegal activity. Illegal dumpers face fines of more than $1000 or prosecution through the courts. Mount Gambier police turn up heat on illegal firewood harvesters WITH cooler months approaching, Mount Gambier Police have started targeting illegal activity involving firewood following the launch of the statewide Operation REDGUM on Wednesday. During the month of April and extending into winter, police are aware of a significant increase of firewood being transported. As a result police will target people who col- lect firewood illegally and use defected trailers. Most people purchase firewood and have it delivered by legitimate businesses, however with firewood becoming harder to obtain, police have seen an increase in collectors turning to 4 - The Border Watch, Friday, April 12, 2019 illegal methods including trespassing, property damage and theft. Mount Gambier Police Senior Constable First Class Dale Fox said these offences have been evident in the Limestone Coast. “Commonly the vehicles and trailers being used are in poor condition or in some cases people are using stolen trailers,” Snr Cnst Fox said. “Most trailers would not comply with vehicle standards and are a risk to other road users. “These trailers are in more cases than not, being overloaded and therefore overweight to maximise the amount of wood being transported.” He said cash sales were also becoming more common, particularly on social media sites. “These operators generally indicate to police other offences contribute to their actions such as being unlicensed drivers or operators affected by illicit drugs,” he said. He said the offenders would usually commit illegal activity throughout the hours of darkness to avoid detection and in most cases their trailers and vehicles were not roadworthy. “Our biggest concern is operators not having any concept of weight distribution and Gross Vehicle Mass compliance for their vehicle,” Snr Cnst Fox said. Overloading of trailers is considered extremely dangerous and increases the risk of a towing vehicle losing control. The operation will continue into winter. Police will conduct checks on persons and vehicles in the firewood collection activities as well as disrupting those involved in theft of firewood. Mount Gambier Police are also asking members of the public to contact police if they have any further information in relation to people involved in illegal firewood activities.
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