Council investigating drums dumped near Lake Buffalo

3 February 2014

ALPINE Shire Council has labelled the dumping of 44-gallon drums full of an unknown substance on the Buffalo River Road reserve as “extremely disappointing” and is working with local police to find those responsible.

The incident was reported to Council by Goulburn-Murray Water (G-MW) on Wednesday, 29 January.

A number of 44-gallon drums of unknown contents were dumped at the site, on public land some 8kms from Lake Buffalo.

Council officers quickly attended the site and worked to secure the area in the interest of public and environmental health and water quality.

Chief Executive Officer Dave Barry said the incident was extremely disappointing.

“We are currently investigating the matter alongside the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), G-MW, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and Victoria Police,” he said.

“This type of behaviour is unacceptable.”

“If anyone has any information that may help in identifying those responsible, please contact Myrtleford Police.”

Mr Barry said the cost of the removal of the drums and remediation of the land is estimated to be around $70,000.

“At this time it is unclear whether Council, DEPI or EPA will cover this cost,” he said.

“This has already tied up Council resources in responding to this issue last week and staff will continue to investigate this week.

“The drums were removed on Saturday morning along with remedial work to remove any contamination so as to protect the water quality.

“At the end of the day this is dangerous, costly and illegal behaviour, and we’re astounded that someone could behave in a way that could have such an impact on our valuable natural environment.”

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