South Burnett Regional Council has observed illegal dumping after operating hours at waste facilities were reduced.
South Burnett Regional Council has observed illegal dumping after operating hours at waste facilities were reduced. Adam Hourigan

'Band-Aid measure': Funds to address illegal dumping

THE Queensland Government has issued funding to address the rise of illegal dumping since the introduction of the state waste levy.

South Burnett Regional Council agreed to apply for money from two funding programs recently released by the Department of Environment and Science during the August meeting on Wednesday.

Councillor Kathy Duff said applying for funding was not a complete solution.

"This is a Band-Aid measure and we need to fix the whole issue," Cr Duff said.

Council heard that the Wondai forestry and Murgon quarry were often sites of illegal dumping.

"Our staff have had to go into the quarry and forestry and collect all of that rubbish," Cr Duff said.

Cr Ros Heit said people were frustrated with the reduced operating hours at the Murgon and Wondai waste facilities, which changed after the state waste levy was introduced mid-year.

She said this had led to illegal dumping.

"The waste dumps are closed a lot of the time, people are very frustrated with that," she said.

"If they gave them money to open dumps for longer, we might fix the problems."

Cr Roz Frohloff said it was a great idea for the council to help address the issue until everything else was sorted out.

The first initiative, the Local Government Illegal Dumping Partnership Program, will grant up to $200,000 for individual councils to employ field officers to focus on the investigation and prevention of illegal dumping.

The second program, the Local Government Illegal Hotspot Grant program, is open to all local governments within Queensland.

The grant targets illegal dumping hotspot sites for projects which will implement prevention and intervention programs and undertake data collection activities to identify illegal dumping trends.