RID Squad seek community assistance to identify illegal dumpers

Investigators from the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad are seeking help from the community in relation to the illegal dumping of about 15 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated house demolition waste at Hart Road, Loxford, just outside Kurri Kurri.

Investigators from the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad are seeking help from the community in relation to the illegal dumping of about 15 tonnes of asbestos contaminated house demolition waste at Hart Road, Loxford, just outside Kurri Kurri.

RID Squad investigators believe a large tipper truck is likely to have dumped the material by the side of the road on or around Sunday 2 October.

Coordinator of the Hunter/Central Coast RID Squad, Rob Robertson, says the material is obviously from the demolition of a house and includes a birthday card.

“The card is quite old, but was given to a young boy named Earl from Uncle Wayne, Aunty Liz and Mandy,” Mr Robertson said.

“We are hoping that someone may recognise the combination of names and get in touch with us to help identify the origin of this material. We believe it’s from an older house that has been demolished in the last two weeks or so.”

A number of items from the dump have been taken for examination, including the birthday card. The dumped material is heavily contaminated with broken asbestos sheeting. This type of incident is regarded as a serious criminal offence under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act and is a significant danger to public health. Heavy penalties, including fines of to $250,000 for individuals and $1 million for companies apply to this type of behaviour.

If anyone has information in relation to this matter please contact the RID Investigator at Cessnock Council direct on 4993 4259.