Residents fed up with dumping

Local residents say dumped property is an eyesore. Photos: SUPPLIED

By Jamie Salter

Residents of Berwick’s Cardinia Street say nothing is being done to remove dumped items that are lowering the visual integrity of the neighbourhood.

Unregistered vehicles and trailers have been left on council land opposite Akoonah Park, well within public view.

A resident of Kilvington Court told Star News the dumped property has been an ongoing issue over the past five years.

“Friends who came around over Christmas were asking what’s going on because the rubbish on the corner because it is now tenfold,” they said.

“I can’t see why it can’t be removed, there’s got to be something that can be done – it’s just an eyesore.”

City of Casey Council acting manager safer communities Lee Hobbs said the matter was being managed.

“The matter of rubbish at Cardinia Street in Berwick is being managed by the City of Casey’s Local Laws team. It is not a case of illegal dumping and we are working closely with the property owners to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.”

Manager of waste and sustainability Michael Jansen said council was committed to ensuring Casey’s public spaces are kept clean for all to enjoy.

“Residents and business owners are encouraged to report issues with dumped rubbish or litter through our online litter report form, or by calling council’s customer service so we can investigate and respond quickly,” Mr Jansen said.

“If you have excessive amounts of waste to dispose of, we encourage residents to take their waste and recycling to a local transfer station including Outlook Environmental in Hampton Park, Future Recycling in Pakenham, or the Frankston Recycling Centre in Skye.

“Alternatively, residents can hire a skip bin from a private provider or book a council hard waste service.”

Mr Jansen said council liaises closely with waste contractors who undertake street cleaning every six weeks, as well as service litter bins daily in busy commercial areas to ensure they are not overflowing.