Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has successfully prosecuted a company and its director over the dumping of more than 6,000 tonnes of industrial waste near Murchison, in northern Victoria.

The company, South Coast Plant Hire Pty Ltd and its director, Benjamin Hobbs, entered a guilty plea in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. 

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

In an investigation that began with a pollution report from the City of Greater Shepparton, the court heard that EPA officers, on foot and using an aerial drone, inspected a rural property at 310 Woolshed Road, Murchison. At the property they found dumped glass of various sizes mixed with other Material such as plastics, mobile phone batteries, medicine vials and other industrial waste.

EPA Chief Executive Officer Dr Cathy Wilkinson says the case is a warning to company directors that they can be held responsible for environmental offences.

Members of the public can report illegal dumping and other types of pollution by calling EPA’s 24 hour hotline on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).

Reviewed 11 November 2019