Cameras to snap littering

Problem travelling stock reserves in central west NSW are now being targeted by a surveillance and education program to reduce littering and dumping.

Surveillance will stop rubbish being dumped and littering at the travelling stock reserves.
Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Surveillance will stop rubbish being dumped and littering at the travelling stock reserves. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Dumping rubbish and littering is illegal and large fines can apply.

Local Land Services and Local Governments across the central west are working together on surveillance of public reserves. People will be fined up to $8000 when caught.

Recent reports from the community highlight the prevalence of dumping and littering, and the value that people place on these important areas.

Twelves reserves around Dubbo, Forbes and Narromine are the focus of the partnership project between Local Land Services, the Environmental Protection Authority and the Central West Local Government Alliance.

The project will see security cameras and signs installed on reserves.

There is also an education program running to let dumpers know the penalties in place if they are caught by camera or community reporting, according to Local Land Services Team Leader Peta Holcombe. "Most people see the value of travelling stock reserves for our environment, community and graziers," said Ms Holcombe.

"However dumping and littering damages these special places and is a public expense.

"Over the last six months our staff have removed over 10 tonnes of rubbish and seven car bodies from public reserves.

"Litters and dumpers will be fined up to $8000 when caught."

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