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Tinned fruit and vegetables, unwanted beer and a microwave were among the array of waste left in the South Lawson St carpark earlier this year.

According to the the head of Council’s legal department, Ralph James, workers discovered the rubbish heap and took a number of photographs.

‘The amount of rubbish dumped on the ground was quite astounding and included plastic drinking cups, chocolates, beer, soft drink, cider and a microwave,’ Mr James said.

‘Leaving food rotting in the hot sun is not only a health risk, but it attracts vermin such as rats and mice.’

‘It was clear that these items were from one business and it is hard to believe that in this day and age, anyone would think that to leave rubbish strewn on the ground is acceptable.’

Council ended up taking the business to court over the matter, and after winning the case the offending business was ordered to pay an addition $500 in court costs.

They declined to name the business, saying only that it was a ‘food business’.


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  1. Yes, please name the business. It has forfeited the right to anonymity. Why does Council feel the need to protect it in this way?

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