Charges follow search for concrete dumper

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A TARNEIT man will appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 8 July over a series of roadside concrete dumps on the Mornington Peninsula.

The EPA’s southern metro regional acting manager Megan Vallas said the waste caused “serious road safety concerns and cost the community thousands of dollars to remove” (“Concrete dumper set on avoiding tip fees” The News 21/10/19).

At the time, builders and plumbers across the peninsula were asked to help track down the alleged concrete dumper after at least eight solid clues were left on peninsula roadsides.

Authorities believed the concrete was most likely leftovers from a building foundation pour dumped to avoid tipping costs.

The 25-year old was charged at the Footscray police station on 16 January with dumping industrial waste under the Environment Protection Act 1970.

The authorities were alerted to the concrete in September with the Environment Protection Authority, Victorian Building Authority, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, and Department of Transport, launching the investigation.

“EPA continues to investigate the involvement of other parties in these incidents and we urge members of the public, or those in the building and disposal industries, to come forward with any information by calling 1300 372 842,” Ms Vallas said.

First published in the Mornington News – 18 February 2020

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