Illegal dumping 'rampant' in Buxton

Nicole Palmer, Agnes Voumard and her son Hugo with Wollondilly councillor Michael Banasik. Picture: Chris Lane
Nicole Palmer, Agnes Voumard and her son Hugo with Wollondilly councillor Michael Banasik. Picture: Chris Lane

Discarded cars, appliances, air-conditioning units, mattresses and trade waste.

Those are just some of the items dumped at the end of Orange Road in Buxton.

The open green space has become an illegal dumping hotspot.

Buxton resident Nicole Palmer said the amount of rubbish at the site was "staggering".

"A fellow Buxton resident, Agnes Vourmard, happened across the site when she was walking her dog," Ms Palmer said.

"She got in touch with councillor Michael Banasik and I to see what could be done.

"There is so much rubbish dumped here - from cars and appliances to household waste and actual trade waste."

Ms Palmer said the site was owned by the government.

"We've already made contact with the government to see what can be done," she said.

"Ideally we would like to see if there is any way we can prevent car access to the site because that is the biggest thing.

"Everything dumped here has to be taken in by car."

She said dumping had a huge affect on the environment.

"There is a discarded palm tree that has been dumped right on top of a native plant which means it will take ages to grow," she said.

"But it's not just our flora and fauna that are affected.

"When people drive through a town and see this amount of rubbish it has a negative impact on the town and what people think about the town.

"This isn't the only spot in Buxton - dumping is rampant out here but it's also a prolific problem across the shire."

Ms Palmer said there were a number of reasons this could occur.

"A lot of people say the dump fees are too expensive," she said.

"But I also think it comes down to time and a lack of education about the affects of dumping.

"There are gas canister out here that could be a huge fire hazard - we are completely surrounded by bushland, so it's sad and frustrating."

Ms Palmer urged locals to take a stand.

"If you see something suspicious or you know about illegal dumping report it to the council or the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)," she said,

"Get involved, keep watch and report."