$67 000 fine for waste dump in Murchison

By John Lewis

A NSW-based company and its director have been fined $67,500 for dumping more than 6000 tonnes of industrial waste on a property near Murchison.

South Coast Plant Hire Pty Ltd and its director, Benjamin Hobbs, pleaded guilty in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to dumping the waste, which was investigated after a pollution report from Greater Shepparton City Council.

The court heard that Environment Protection Authority officers on foot and using an aerial drone, inspected a property at 310 Woolshed Rd, Murchison, where they found dumped glass of various sizes mixed with other material including plastics, mobile phone batteries, medicine vials and other industrial waste.

The company was fined $55,000, the director was fined $12,500 and the magistrate ordered they pay $6381 in costs to the EPA, as well as publish the details of their offending in three newspapers.