Published on 24 February 2021
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has welcomed the successful prosecution of a serial concrete dumper.
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) led the investigation, which was supported by multiple government agencies (including the Mornington Peninsula Shire), media and the public, leading to the win at the Magistrates Court on Tuesday (23 Feb).
Kashyap Shingari pleaded guilty on multiple counts of illegal dumping of concrete slabs at roadside locations around Melbourne. He was fined $50,000, placed on a two-year community corrections order to perform 300 hours of community service and must pay the costs incurred by Casey ($1610) and Mornington Peninsula Shire councils ($9295) in removing the concrete slabs, in addition to EPA’s legal costs.
Magistrate Richard Pithouse described the offending as “extraordinary” and commented that “If there was a power under the Act…I would jail you for an extended period of time.”
Illegal dumping on the Mornington Peninsula costs our community up to $800,000 a year and can result in a significant impact to the environment. Through our Dob in a Dumper program we are encouraging our community to report concerns and hot spots.
For more information or to Dob in a Dumper: mornpen.vic.gov.au/illegaldumping
Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:
“This successful prosecution involving the EPA with support from councils, government agencies including VicRoads, Victoria Police and the Victorian Building Authority, as well as assistance from the concrete batching industry, the general public and the media, is an indication of the broader community’s zero tolerance for the dumping of rubbish”.
“Let this be a warning to any would-be dumpers – you will get caught and prosecuted”.