By Steph McNicol
Concerned Lancefield resident Prudence Williams has voiced her disgust in the amount of rubbish dumped in the district.
Ms Williams said she had driven past a white ute on Lancefield-Tooborac Road early one Saturday morning when she saw what she thought was someone picking up rubbish.
“I told my husband about it saying they were picking up the rubbish, but he told me he saw the same car and they had dumped it,” she said.
Prior to the dumping on Lancefield-Tooborac Road, Ms Williams had seen litter on Pyalong Road near where she lives.
Ms Williams said she and her husband moved to the Macedon Ranges two years ago from New South Wales because of its reputation for being so beautiful.
“We heard about Macedon Ranges and moved from New South Wales, so it’s disappointing to see it looking like this. It’s just pure laziness, all of this could fit in a rubbish bin,” she said.
Ms Williams contacted Macedon Ranges Shire Council to report the rubbish on both Pyalong Road and Lancefield-Tooborac Road, to which she said they responded well.
“They gave me a timeline of seven to 14 days in which the rubbish on Pyalong Road would be cleaned up. On the Lancefield Town Crier Facebook page, people said I would have no luck with the shire but they have been very responsive,” she said.
While the rubbish on her street would be removed, the council told Ms Williams that Lancefield-Tooborac Road was not their responsibility and it was the duty of VicRoads.
Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s acting director of assets and operations Anne-Louise Linder said illegal dumping was an issue across the council and some areas were more prone to illegal dumping than others.
“We keep a close eye on these areas and mobile cameras are also used to identify offenders,” Ms Linder said.
She said illegal dumping on land and roads carried heavy penalties with a maximum of $6,609 in fines and $9,913 or one month imprisonment for aggravated littering – disposal of glass, metal or dangerous items.
Regional Roads Victoria director Brian Westley said littering was an ongoing challenge because people continued to use the roads as dumping grounds.
“We encourage everyone to dispose of their rubbish thoughtfully and to be mindful of the impacts that roadside dumping can have on the surrounding environment,” Mr Westley said.
VicRoads failed to comment on whether Lancefield-Tooborac Road was their responsibility for clean-up, and what action would be taken.