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2017-18 Budget

Budget 2017

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A man convicted for dumping a large amount of rubbish at Seven Mile Beach is proof of why the Hodgman Liberal Government is cracking down on illegal waste dumping.

The man was fined $795 for dumping a large TV set, car parts, electrical items and general household waste at the Seven Mile Beach Public Reserve.

The waste was discovered and reported by a Parks and Wildlife Service officer who launched an investigation.

Our Government takes the protection of our natural environment seriously and we will not tolerate this type of behaviour.

We made an election commitment to significantly increase the penalties for illegal waste dumping to reflect the true cost to the environment, economy and community.

Work has already commenced in planning a review of the Litter Act, to separate illegal dumping from littering, intensifying the focus on illegal dumping of larger amounts of rubbish as well as littering of small amounts.

Another of the Government’s initiatives is having offenders on Community Service Orders remove rubbish from parks and reserves, to help address the impacts of illegal dumping.

We are also investing $100,000 in this year’s Budget to develop and roll out a web based App that will help locate litter hotspots, and coordinate activities to identify offenders and clean up those areas.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Environment