Shock discovery of dangerous asbestos dumped in nature reserve

An investigation is underway after asbestos was found illegally dumped in a South Burnett forest reserve.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers spotted it a number of corrugated asbestos sheets in the woods, some with the wooden fascias still attached.

Some of the wood and roof panels are painted green, but most of the material is unpainted.

The dumping is believed to have occurred within the last six months.

The material was removed by a specialized contractor on May 18.

An investigation is underway into the alleged illegal dumping of asbestos roofing in the Cherbourg Forest Reserve.

South Burnett senior ranger Mark Casey said anyone with information about the alleged illegal dumping can report it confidentially on 1300 130 372 or by calling the local QPWS office on 137 468.

“Dumping waste in any national park, state forest or forest reserve is illegal,” he said.

“In this case, the situation is more critical because the dumped material contains dangerous asbestos.

“It is also more expensive to remove because asbestos material requires specialized treatment, removal and disposal.

“If anyone recognizes the roof panels or knows people who have recently carried out renovations or demolition work and who may be able to provide more details, that information would help us.”

Under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011, significant fines can be imposed for illegal dumping offences, while illegal dumping of material in Queensland’s protected areas can attract a fine of up to $3096 for individuals or $11,610 for companies.