FOREST Fire Management Victoria faces another hefty clean-up bill after a heap of asbestos-contaminated material was discovered earlier this week, illegally dumped within the Wombat State Forest at Bullengarook. Acting Regional manager Forest and Fire Operations, Jasmine Filmer said: “The five cubic metres of contaminated fill was laid on plastic sheeting adjacent to an important public access road, not far from the local community.” “Because of the threat to wildlife and potential contamination of land, waterways and ground water, we have had the pile professionally removed,” Ms Filmer said.
“If you employ an asbestos contractor to remove your asbestos, take the time to check their credentials and ask to view their receipts to ensure it has been taken to a facility licensed to receive it before paying for their services.”
“There are some contractors that charge people to collect their asbestos, but rather than legally taking it to the appropriate landfill, it is being dumped in our forests. “It is a costly process to remove illegally dumped rubbish. This is money that could be better spent on maintaining access tracks and facilities for campers, bushwalkers and four-wheel drivers. “This type of behaviour shows no regard for the health and well-being of other forest users, our staff, native animals and the environment. “If you see any suspicious behaviour or witness any illegal dumping, report it to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s customer contact centre on 136 186, the EPA or the local police. If it is safe to do so, you should also write down the vehicle’s number plate.”