Litterbugs face hefty new fines
GYMPIE litterbugs beware.
The war against illegal dumping and littering stepped up yesterday with fines coming into force for those who flouted Queensland's tough new litter laws.
Environment Minister Vicky Darling said yesterday marked the end of the grace period on fining people who disobeyed the new laws.
"From today, those who litter or illegally dump their rubbish can expect to be fined," she said.
"Those caught littering can face fines from $200 to $4000 (if contested in court) and those illegally dumping rubbish will face fines from $1600 to $100,000 (if contested in court).
"Last year, we announced a new online reporting system where people witnessing illegal littering could report it.
"We've given people time to adjust to the new system - we received 386 reports of littering and illegal dumping and issued advisory notices to 299 people.
"The grace period is over and it's time to get tough on those that toss their rubbish into our parklands, creeks and public areas."
If Gympie region residents witnessed littering, they could report it and possibly stop it at www.derm.qld.gov.au/waste.
Residents were asked to record what you saw, when and where, and to note the vehicle registration and any other details, then complete the online form.