The Environmental Health team at Mid Coast Council is asking the public for help to locate those responsible for an incident of illegal dumping. Mid Coast Council spans from Nelson’s Bay to just south of Port Macquarie.
Between Saturday 7 August and Wednesday 11 August, several hundred kilograms of material which included asbestos was dumped at a number of spots along Lansdowne and Koolah Creek Road.
Some of the material had been contained in plastic bags or asbestos bags, but at other sites, the material was dumped without containment and has subsequently spilled into the creek.
“This is an extremely serious incident that poses a threat to the health of our environment and our community,” said Gary Mead, MidCoast Council’s Executive Manager of Liveability and Sustainable Development.
“Significant penalties apply for the unlawful disposal of waste, especially the unlawful disposal of asbestos-containing materials, carrying fines of up to $4,000 for an individual and $8,000 for a corporation.”
NSW Fire and Rescue were notified by the Council on Wednesday and were requested to assist with assessing and removing the waste.
“We would like to hear from anyone in the community who may have seen suspicious activity in the area, who may have information or even dashcam footage during the timeframe being investigated,” Gary added.