13 Mar 19

Dump: Melville Ford last week. Picture: Marina NeilThe body charged with fighting illegal dumping in the Hunter says it can’t address severe littering atMelville Ford because it has not received a request from Maitland City Council.
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Fairfax Media reported last week that illegal dumpers had targeted Melville Ford recently, with items including a severed pig’s head, a burnt out car and other waste strewn across sections of the land.

The Hunter-Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping Squad, based in Lake Macquarie, has been charged with fighting and reducing illegal dumping across the region, with councils across the Hunter having signed up to the RID Squad program.

But a RID Squad spokesperson told Fairfax Media this week that the body could not investigate the issue at Melville Ford, because it had not received a request for help from Maitland City Council.

“The Hunter-Central Coast Regional Illegal DumpingSquad has a two-tier membership structure with local councils,” the spokesperson said.

“Some councils have an Illegal Dumping Investigator based in their area, and for other councils, such as Maitland, the RID Squad assists the council in their investigation.

“To date, the RID squad has not received a request from Maitland City Council to assist in this matter.

“If a request for assistance is received from Maitland City Council, the RID squad can assist in investigations and compliance action, as well as providing assistance with education and appropriate deterrence measures.”

Council’sDevelopment andEnvironment manager David Simm said rangers were investigating.

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RID Squad needs invitation to investigate dumping | Photos Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

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