Council seeks community consultation on illegal dumping

GLADSTONE Regional Council is preparing to launch its new Illegal Dumping and Litter Prevention Strategy.

Before finalising its approach the council will consult with stakeholders in the community, but has already developed a draft strategy detailing the measures by which it intends to reduce the amount of litter and illegally dumped items within the region.

The key stakeholders have been identified as major industry, business, tradespeople, all council departments, ratepayers and residents, councillors, community groups, government agencies, visitors to the Gladstone region and real estate agencies.

The council's environment portfolio spokesperson councillor Col Chapman said the strategy aimed to address the impacts of illegal dumping and littering within the region.

"Its primary objectives are to raise community awareness of the effects of littering and illegal dumping and thereby encourage positive community action and to reduce the volume of litter and waste in the natural environment of the Gladstone region, both proactively and reactively," Cr Chapman said.

"The strategy supplements existing actions with proposed new measures to encourage community support in the bid to prevent litter production and reduce illegal dumping.

"Central to the successful implementation of this strategy will be our ability to inform residents of alternative methods of waste disposal, the penalties involved with illegal dumping and the environmental and financial impacts caused by illegal dumping and littering."

The survey closes at 5pm on Friday, August 2.

To have your say on the Illegal Dumping and Litter Prevention Strategy, visit here.